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Since 1991 EPS recycling has shown increased progress despite economic downturns and shifting dynamics in the recycled materials market. Approximately 50% of all EPS collected is used to manufacture new EPS transport packaging and loosefill packaging, which has reduced requirements for raw material resources and energy consumption. On average 5-15% recycled content is achieved using a regrind process to incorporate collected EPS into the manufacturing process.

Some companies are choosing to promote and support EPS recycling through shared responsibility throughout the supply chain. Through this integrated approach – with everyone doing their part – increased recycling is achievable.

Companies that use EPS on a day-to-day basis are implementing internal recycling programs. Walmart has created a closed-loop EPS recycling plan that takes the collected material and uses it to create recycled picture frames. Check out the Walmart video below.

 
Read the March 2010 Packaging World article on innovative EPS recycling for sanofi pasteur.