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Don’t toss that post-Xmas EPS foam, recycle it!

Posted 29 Nov 2012 — by Marketing
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By PlasticsToday Staff

EPS recycling has reached some level of maturity demonstrating a stable baseline, incremental growth and steady end-use market developments,” despite the fact that many are not aware that expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging is recyclable. Last year saw a modest increase in the number of postconsumer pounds recycled based on data received from 58 EPS foam manufacturers and independent recyclers in 20 states. Read More

About EPS Foam Packaging

Posted 23 Mar 2012 — by Marketing
Category Application

Q: What is foam packaging?

A: Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging is the familiar white material that cushions, insulates and protects all types of products during distribution. This includes custom shaped material used to package electronic equipment and appliances, loose fill packaging often called “peanuts”, blocks of foam which protect furniture and appliances and shipping containers used to help preserve perishable foods and medicines.

Q: What is the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR)?

A: In July of 1991, more than 80 companies, representing every major manufacturer of EPS protective foam packaging, their raw material suppliers and equipment manufacturers, joined together to form the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers. AFPR works to facilitate EPS recycling between EPS manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers. AFPR members also provide community drop-off services at their manufacturing facilities. Currently, more than 110 plants locations serve as collection centers which together receive millions of pounds of post-consumer foam packaging each year.About EPS packaging

Q: Why was the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers formed?

A: AFPR members share the concerns of its customers and the public about solid waste and the conservation of natural resources. Expanded polystyrene foam packaging is an economical, efficient and valuable material which can be recycled and reused in foam packaging or durable consumer goods. Working with independent recycling businesses and others, the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers has created a network for the collection, reprocessing and reuse of foam packaging. Because this collection system relies on EPS manufacturers to serve as recycling locations, drop-off sites are not available in all areas.

Q: What is done with the material collected?

A: EPS protective foam packaging can be recycled and reused in several ways:

    • AFPR members reprocess up to 60% of the post consumer foam collected and incorporate it directly into new packaging.
    • Some of the material is extruded for use in a wide variety of durable plastic products.
    • Loose fill packaging “peanuts” can be reused at thousands of participating mailing services around the country.

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