The Emerald Coast Of Florida Has An Official Drop-Off Recycling Point For EPS Foam Coolers
In an effort to help reduce foam cooler trash in the environment, the makers of LoBoy Foam Coolers have been officially registered with the Earth911 website as a drop off point for expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam cooler recycling. As a foam cooler recycling supporter, LoBoy maintains a 100% recycling program with its own EPS foam waste material as well as supports the local U.S. Air Force by helping them recycle EPS foam packaging materials. For more information, go to the LoBoy Foam Coolers Recycling Information Page where the foam cooler recycling page is located. LoBoy accepts white foam coolers free from medical or other contamination.
Some Points About EPS Foam Cooler Recycling
(Thanks to the EPS Industry Packaging Alliance website)
“Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a versatile, lightweight material that can be manufactured into a variety of products. EPS offers a high-performance yet economical support for a wide variety of items—from sensitive electronics to appliances to pharmaceuticals—to be safely delivered to market. Manufacturers rely on EPS packaging because of its ability to prevent or minimize product damage during transit and its excellent insulation properties required for food and medical shipments. Yet EPS packaging, just like any disposable packaging, will eventually become a solid waste and have to be managed. But here’s the good news: EPS is recyclable. Although the availability of polystyrene recycling programs varies by community and can be limited, the EPS industry uses average of 50 percent of the post consumer material collected in the manufacture of new EPS transport packaging and loose fill packaging, which has reduced requirements for raw material resources, energy consumption has diverted material from landfills.” “Used in thousands of different ways by individuals and businesses around the world, expanded polystyrene (EPS) is relied upon to provide superior performance in various foam product applications. Whether used as protective packaging for fragile items during shipment, as custom insulation in building applications or even as a bicycle helmet, EPS is serving an important role in our everyday lives.”
- EPS meets five of the criteria for sustainable packaging based on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s definitions.
- The 2010 EPS Recycling Rate Report shows that over 71 million pounds of EPS were recycled, including 37.1 million pounds of post-consumer packaging and 34.2 million pounds of post-industrial packaging.
- In 2010, more than 50% of all EPS collected for recycling was used to make recycled-content packaging.
- EPS is made of 98% air and is an inert material without harmful chemicals that off-gas or leach during its use of disposal.
- EPS represents less than 1% of the total municipal solid waste stream by weight and volume.
- Available in a variety of custom-molded shapes, EPS containers are water resistant and hygienic with high thermal-insulating properties. Which is what makes it a common choice for shipping food throughout the world.