What makes foam #6 special is that it is can be recycled over and over again. Although the recycling process for foam is more complex than for many other recyclable products, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Polystyrene foam is sometimes mistakenly referred to as ‘Styrofoam®’, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. When recycled properly, expanded polystyrene foam can be turned into a variety of consumer goods. In fact, people may be surprised by the common household items that can be made from foam:
There are four main steps in the recycling process for expanded polystyrene foam. The first step is the collection of the foam products, which can be dropped off at a Dart Container-sponsored recycling drop off center. Step two is the compaction of the foam collected at the recycling centers. Then foam is compacted into dense bricks to prepare for step three of the process. In the third step, the compacted foam is converted into small pellets. In the final step of the foam recycling process, the pellets are used to create new products.
Many consumer goods and household items can be made from recycled foam #6. According to the latest EPS recycling report from the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, more than 127 million pounds of expanded polystyrene foam was recycled in the U.S. in 2013. Dart Container is trying to raise that count by introducing its sponsored foam recycling centers across America.
The newest center in Indiana is now open in Twin Falls at 750 Eastland Drive South, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Visit your recycling center today to start recycling foam #6 properly today!