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Polystyrene Disposal: What's the big problem?

Supplier: Brentwood Recycling Systems
19 May, 2014

Polystyrene (EPS, styrofoam) is an excellent packaging material due to its insulating and protective properties. Unfortunately, once goods are delivered and opened polystyrene then becomes a waste material that companies must pay to dispose of.

Large, bulky pieces of polystyrene can take up significant space in a waste skip which means the skip becomes full more quickly, requires emptying more frequently and thus increasing costs.

It is conservatively estimated that hundreds of thousands of tons of waste polystyrene is produced and sent to landfill on an annual basis. This material is very lightweight compared to its volume so it is not hard to imagine how much precious landfill space is filled with tons and tons of polystyrene.

Problems disposing of Polystyrene (styrofoam)

The disposal of polystyrene waste is a major problem for many sectors of industry because the volume to weight ratio of the material is unfavorable for economic transportation after use. Despite the suitability of polystyrene for a wide variety of applications, organisations are faced with the growing problem of finding alternative methods of disposing of large volumes of waste packaging.

Disposing of Polystyrene has the following drawbacks:

  • Boxes and packaging can take up large volumes of storage space prior to removal.
  • Fish/Meat packaging is contaminated with blood, fluids etc and so can be a health hazard and attract vermin when in storage prior to removal.
  • Skip hire or running costs of disposal trucks are very high.
  • Because boxes and packaging take up a lot of space transport lorries or skips are filled very quickly.
  • High landfill charges make disposal expensive and bad for the environment

Selecting the most suitable technology

In a world of high demand and mass production, opportunities to recycle and reduce waste are too often wasted. Brentwood has selected a range of foam densifier technologies that reduce waste and produce a product that can be redirected into a production process.

These necessity based solution are purpose build answers to a global problem and the results are outstanding. Foam densifiers increase product density by up to 95 per cent producing a product that can be remelted and remoulded for new commercial use.

Production requirements, desired input or put products and variations in user interaction, are all manageable variables within Brentwood’s range of polystyrene recyclers.

Our range includes:

Can I Rent a Foam Densifier?

If a capital purchase doesn't seem right for you, why not consider a long term rental or lease. As part of the distribution agreement with Brentwood Recycling Systems, long term rental or lease machines are be available in selected models.

What better way to assertaint the suitability and reliability of these class leading machines?