Recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

Foam Lite and Eps Concrete – Part of the solution to a big problem

Styropor®/Styrofoam®, which is an expanded polystyrene (eps), and extruded polystyrene (xps) are not biodegradable. It is estimated that on a volume basis, post consumer and post manufacturer expanded and extruded polystyrene, constitute 7% of the waste being placed in landfills in the US.

In Europe, these products are being totally banned from landfills, with the originating manufacturer being responsible for their collection, recycling, or disposal. Many landfills in the US now ban the waste of eps and xps manufacturers. The environmental movement in the US was instrumental in having fast-food companies such as McDonald’s discontinue the use of eps containers because the items are not biodegradable.

Yet because of their desirability as a lightweight protective packaging material and their insulation qualities, eps and xps use continues to grow. That in turn results in a continuing increase in the availability of eps waste. Eps manufacturers, aware of the jaundiced eye cast by landfills, and the public, on the litter problem of eps in particular, have established an industry organization to alleviate the problem.

Unfortunately, the organization provides little or no informative or useful information to the general public or its members on methods to recycle expanded polystyrene.

Where landfill restrictions combined with the lack of alternative recycling programs exist, eps manufacturers may actually be willing to pay eps concrete companies or individuals for accepting their waste.

If you are a Do It Yourselfer, want to successfully recycle eps materials, and would like to make eps concrete on your own, then please review the information on the Do It Yourselfer Page.