Styrofoam, also known as styrene, polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, EPS or foam 6, is a universal, durable, sterile, excellent heat and sound insulation material. These properties make this material particularly suitable for use in the food industry, such as tableware, cups, plates and trays, in the medical industry as medical refrigerators and as packaging materials and building insulation.
There is a misconception that this foam is not recyclable where not only that, but recycling methods and equipment have evolved and been updated over the last few years. Styrofoam can be melted, compacted, ground or grated, reducing up to 98% of its original volume with clean polystyrene scarp.
Recycling foam has a positive effect on the environment and our economy. Recycled foam has a great market where companies pay you money to get it out of your hands. These companies will use recycled foam to make new materials and sell them to various industries.
By recycling foam, we not only reduce its volume, but also reuse it, which makes it energy efficient – recycled materials can be recycled and molded and eventually mixed with other materials to make new products: mixed with wood, plastic or concrete to make cheap building materials, insulation, interior design, can be made into photo frames, pens, rulers and other products.
By recycling foam, we reuse discarded materials and at the same time significantly reduce waste instead of having to create new materials. Another very important benefit of recycling foam is the fact that in this way we clear space from landfills.