End of use recycling is very important to Glacier Pac.
Styrofoam or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is 100% recyclable as #6 on the recycling plastics scale. The EPS industry developed a nationwide collection infrastructure of more than 200 collection sites to support recycling efforts. The 2016 EPS Recycling Rate Report shows that over 118 million pounds of EPS were recycled in 2016, including 63 million pounds of post-consumer packaging and 55.7 million pounds of post-industrial packaging. Over the past decade EPS has achieved an average recycling rate of 15%, one of the highest of the plastics family. EPS can easily be recycled into new foam packaging or durable consumer goods like cameras, coat hangers, CD jewel cases and more. You can recycle your EPS packaging by taking it to a specified drop off location (a program may NOT exist in your area).
For more information on how EPS is recycled, watch this video from Moore Recycling Associates.
Sustainability - Growing New Ideas
The EPS industry is committed to sustainability through innovation. Our industry demonstrates this dedication through lean manufacturing processes, a comprehensive recycling system and by harnessing new technologies to conserve raw materials and reduce waste. The EPS industry is continuously seeking to further market applications, reduce impacts and raise performance. We go above and beyond in our efforts to be good stewards of the environment and create solution-oriented products.
The EPS industry fosters ongoing development of new and innovative recycling technologies that will promote further EPS recycling growth. These include recycled content resin and unique volume reduction technologies.
ThroughISO 14000certification our industry strives to move beyond what we are required to do — to focus on what we are capable of doing.
In 1992, the EPS industry established an internal recycling program that allows us to reintroduce post-consumer EPS into the manufacturing process to make new, recycled content packaging and durable goods such as plastics lumber, planters and picture frames.
The2016 EPS Recycling Rate Reportshows that over 118 million pounds of EPS were recycled in 2016, including 63 million pounds of post-consumer packaging and 55.7 million pounds of post-industrial packaging. Over the past decade EPS has achieved an average recycling rate of 15%, one of the highest of the plastics family.