Why Polystyrene Foam is Our (Bright) Future

The subject of polystyrene foam recycling (commonly mistaken for “Styrofoam”, a trademarked name of the Dow Chemical Company) makes for an interesting conversation. If people would endeavor to learn more about EPS, they might conclude that EPS is beneficial for all businesses and consumers. Instead of banning it, like many local government officials are discussing (think statewide, like a Nevada foam ban), the product is not only fully recyclable but also a significantly cheaper option for local business owners.

Polystyrene is a clear plastic or stiff foam, and a bonding of styrene used as an insulator in refrigerators or air conditioners. Why ban a multipurpose, lightweight product manufactured to be expanded and made into better consumer merchandise? For instance, as a safety product, polystyrene protects merchandise during shipping and handling. Cushion helps businesses avoid product damage claims.

Expanded polystyrene packaging is a beneficial way to manufacture various consumer products. Polystyrene’s are used to make containers for laundry detergent, food, trash receptacles, water pipes and hopefully for making many future types of products. EPS creates innovative and contemporary recycling programs specifically for maintaining high recycling rates.

The current combined post-consumer and post-industrial recycling rate is 127.3 (in millions of pounds). Recycling gives business owners and consumers the opportunity to play active roles in enhancing the environment. The benefits of recycling polystyrene’s and other plastics are, the recycling process complements the environment and gives financial stability for business owners and consumers.

EPS benefits the lakes, and rivers that are teaming with wildlife. Full service industrial plastic recycling companies as far out as the beautiful Midwest states of Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho give consumers the opportunity to make substantial contributions in supporting their beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. Many people are aware that foam or plastics are not biodegradable on an industrial or company-wide level. However, since polystyrene material is recyclable, local scrap dealers offer affordable prices to lessen the loads on the landfills and keep the streets free of litter.

Some other benefits of polystyrene is it has an exceptionally high energy value. Recycling is a way of making more plastic or polystyrene foam and saving consumer energy. Local post-industrial plastic recycling consumes less energy by creating new products from old merchandise. Since polystyrene’s are recyclable, it is not necessary to ban polystyrene’s.

Carbon dioxide, water vapor and ashes makes polystyrene’s a valuable feed stock for waste-to-energy furnaces. Modern technology contributes to the process of recycling polystyrene and consumers enjoy the various benefits of it. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that EPS packaging takes only 0.01 percent of the weight of municipal solid waste. Recycling will definitely contribute to worldwide beauty and financial stability.

Article by Albert Sosa

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