With the recent celebration of Earth Day, taking care of the environment and recycling are top of mind for many people. Regrettably, many consumers don’t know enough about recycling to fully implement its benefits. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is an example of a product that is misunderstood when it comes to recycling. As a result of misrepresentations in the media and on the political scene, EPS foam has been banned in several American cities. These bans do little to help solve waste issues and in turn have a negative impact on small business owners and American jobs. Becoming educated about the safety, economy and recyclability of foam is the best way to combat the trend of banning products.
Recyclability of an item is determined by two things: an available recycling center and delivering it in the condition required. Foam can meet both of these tests.
First, a person must find an available recycling center. There are foam recycling centers from coast to coast in the United States. In the New England area alone, there are over seven and the number is growing. Dart Container Corporation, one of the leaders in foam production, is also the leader in foam recycling efforts. Dart has implemented several foam recycling centers across the country.
Millions of pounds of EPS foam is recycled weekly. Recycled foam is made into consumer goods that we use in our everyday lives. These items include things like picture frames, toys and office supplies. In addition, foam is recycled to produce many building materials such as wood-alternative products.
EPS foam recycling needs to be the environmental trend to replace foam bans. As of this year, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has a new foam drop-off center available at its facility in Johnston. Due to its ease, availability, and growth, foam recycling is the clear solution for New England. All it takes is a little planning to make a positive impact on the environment and the economy.