How Is EPS Plastic Recycled?

EPS used for automotive seating, bumper and door components, floor levellers, stowage systems, consoles, pillars, side impact protection. Durable packaging, furniture, seafood distribution, Fruit & veg distribution, consumer products lead a host of other applications.

A rigid, cellular thermoplastic, EPS recycling is also known as Expanded Polystyrene or by a trademarked name, STYROFOAM. EPS is a widely used plastic with over 14 million tonnes produced around the world each year. It also boasts one of the highest rates of post-industrial recovery.

EPS is 100% recyclable and the volume that is being recycled is increasing each year. Clean and contaminated material can be reprocessed before re-entering the supply chain, while contaminated material can also be compacted and used for rigid plastic applications.

However plastic extruders and moulders often find its light weight can be a barrier to recycling. The process of recycling EPS involves it being shredded and de-dusted on a dedicated production line.EPS has excellent shock absorption properties. 

Possessing a high energy absorption index and resistance to compression means that the polymer is often used as protection for high value items being shipped, transported and stored. The range of products protected by EPS in this way includes electrical items, consumer goods and pharmaceutical items.