Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is 100% recyclable. The tonnes of EPS was recycled throughout and we are working closely with local authorities and businesses across the country to see the figure increase. You can hop over to this website nicsonsbp.com.au/eps-recycling for eps recycling.
Segregation: Ideally, EPS should be separated prior to discharge into the waste stream to minimize contamination and not occupy container capacity for other recyclable materials. EPS recycling must be separated from other materials in the waste stream before it can be recycled.
Reprocessing: The collected EPS is fed to the granulation machine. The granular material is then fed to a hopper where it is stored before being compressed into a continuous length. This compressed material is broken down into lengths suitable for palletizing. After palletizing, the material is ready to be shipped.
Collection: Because EPS is light, transportation costs are an important part of recycling. The requirements for processing EPS scrap are usually determined by the recycler. In most cases, EPS scrap is loosely packed or pressed into bales prior to transport. Recently, companies that use a lot of EPS packaging have been actively working with recyclers to cover transportation and collection costs.
Export: Currently, most recycled EPS material is exported for further processing due to the low level of waste EPS generated and very little domestic demand for the product. However, EPS is committed to working with companies to develop a closed EPS recycling industry.
Converting EPS into other products: After being exported, the EPS material is grated and then extruded to form General Purpose Polystyrene Granules (GPPS). It can then be used as a starting material for applications such as synthetic wood, CD and video cassette cases, stationery as well as plant pots and coat hangers.