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Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a growing concern for many businesses as the volume of EPS waste increases each year. Reducing EPS to landfill is now a priority concern for local councils and governments – as the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) mandates to remove packaging waste from landfill by 2025.
Although lightweight, bulky EPS waste takes up significant space in a bin or skip – meaning that true disposal costs are often hidden in a company’s general waste & garbage costs.
Our collection program offers a simple yet sustainable solution for EPS waste removal and recycling. We help businesses to recycle right – with no added effort and no added cost. For businesses with large volumes of EPS waste, we can deliver long term cost savings while significantly improving your environmental footprint. And if your business is already processing its EPS waste, we will collect it from you and offer competitive market rates.
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What is EPS?
EPS is a lightweight and economical packaging material. It offers excellent protection and insulation, making it ideal for the storage and transport of fragile and expensive items, especially electronic goods. Made of 2% plastic and 98% air, it can reduce the cost of goods transport which can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
However, as the consumption of packaged goods increases, millions of tonnes of EPS waste is being sent to landfill each year. EPS waste takes hundreds of years to breakdown and places strain on already limited landfill space.
As a consequence, EPS is a priority waste stream for the Australian Packaging Covenant. With the mandate to remove all packaging from landfill by 2025, many states and councils have already banned EPS waste from local landfill, as the war on waste continues.
Landfill bans have already been implemented in South Australia and other States will undoubtedly follow their lead soon.
How is EPS recycled?
Very easily, thanks to Ecycle Solutions innovative recycling program.
We deliver a FREE - EPS collection frames to our new customers, which holds the collection bag in place. Once filled, we collect the EPS waste and return it to our national network of ecycling plants for processing. This recycling solution enables customers to achieve a cost saving of up to 70% when comparing it to landfill, where it becomes an environmental hazard.
Specialised hot compact technology dramatically compacts EPS to approx. 2% of its original size!
The recycled EPS material is then utilised as re-useable material to manufacture new products – including picture frames, skirting boards, outdoor furniture and decking, which preserves other raw materials to be utilised elsewhere.