With over 127 million pounds of foam being recycled in the last year, according to a recent survey by the EPS Industry Alliance, it is becoming more recognized that foam recycling is an important part of waste removal plans for communities and businesses. In the greater Cleveland, Buckeye Industries already understands how helpful foam recycling can be and is helping their local community grow this process.
Recycling In Action
As communities around the country look to implement foam recycling in their towns one of the biggest things they struggle with is getting started. How and where are two important questions that are frequently asked. Winnetka, Illinois has a simple answer.
One box in a city building.
As schools around the country return to business as usual, one university has begun to take a step forward in becoming more efficient. This summer, Texas Tech purchased and implemented a new foam densifier to help the school recycle polystyrene foam.
“It’s pretty easy,” Caleb Crow, unit supervisor of Energy Management and Sustainability at the Tech physical plant, said. “One person manages input while another manages output.”
The densifier turns the recycled foam into a highly viscous liquid like substance that is then poured into brick molds.
Recently, the members of the Northborough Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC) returned from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona. NJWC received second place in GFWC’s Community Improvement Program, for their polystyrene recycling project.
Members of the NJWC started the polystyrene project in 2010, when Jane Walsh, chair of the Conservation Committee learned about ReFoamlt, a Framingham-based company dedicated to collecting and repurposing polystyrene foam, or foam #6.
Currently, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the City of Montreal are running a year-long pilot project to collect and recycle expanded polystyrene foam; a material that is not accepted in Montreal’s recycling system. Up until September 30th, 2014, Montreal residents could dispose of their used polystyr