Environmental


 

 

Concerned for the Future, EPS Packaging

Protective packaging has the important environmental role of reducing damage and breakage to manufactured products. Broken, unusable products end up in landfills, which are rapidly filling up. Products damaged in shipment need to be remanufactured. Additional raw EPS is 100 percent recyclable, and can be recycled in various ways. Recycled EPS is ground and reincorporated into new EPS products or thermally processed to make a resin that can be used to remanufacture new products.

EPS manufacturing uses little energy and creates little pollution. EPS products save resources by reducing product damage through packaging.

 

EPS Recycling Path

No CFC, HCFC, or HFC

EPS has never contained CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon), or HFC (hydrofluorocarbon), which are harmful to the earth’s ozone layer.

 

Resource Efficient

EPS manufacturing uses little energy and creates little pollution. EPS products save resources by reducing product damage through packaging.

 

Landfill Safe

EPS is inert and stable. EPS does not produce methane gas or contaminating leachates.

 

Waste to Energy Safe

EPS provides a clean source for WTE incineration systems. The basic chemical makeup of EPS is carbon and hydrogen, elements found in wood and other organic materials.

 

What’s in a landfill?

In addition to recycling EPS, Columbus supports the recycling of all materials to help reduce our landfill burdens.