EPS Recycling Facts
Other recycling facts about EPS Foam:
- EPS has NEVER contained CFC's, HCFC's, or HFC's.
- EPS is 100 percent recyclable: Recycled EPS is ground and reincorporated into new EPS products or thermally processed to make a resin that can be used to re-manufacture new polystyrene products (such as clothes hangers, picture frames, electric outlet & switch covers, and computer/laptop monitor cabinets).
- The little numbers with arrows are part of the Resin Identification Coding System which was developed by the Society of Plastics Industry. A "6" code indicates that the plastic is Polystyrene (PS) or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).
- EPS manufacturing is resource efficient and uses little energy and creates little pollution. EPS products save resources by reducing energy consumption through insulation systems.
- EPS is Landfill safe: EPS does not produce methane gas or contaminating leachates because it is inert and stable.
- In its fundamental form, styrene consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
- EPS provides a clean source for Waste To Energy (WTE)incineration systems. The chemical makeup of EPS is carbon and hydrogen, elements found in wood and other organic materials.
- Styrene occurs naturally in the environment and is found in foods such as coffee, cinnamon, and strawberries.
Additional information on foam recycling can be found at www.epspackaging.org.