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Reduce Expanded Plastic Waste and Recycling Costs

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What Is Expanded Plastic Waste?

Expanded plastics are used in protective packing material (packing peanuts), as insulation, and for custom-formed packaging. Usually made of expanded polystyrene (EPS), expanded plastic is often a one-time-use product that needs to be recycled to protect the environment.

Styrofoam is made from expanded polystyrene beads and is one of the most used types of expanded plastic. It is usually white, but it can be dyed other colors. Examples of items made from this rigid, lightweight material include plates, bowls, electronics packaging, and food and beverage coolers.

Why It is Important to Recycle Expanded Plastics

Sac with Styrofoam

While expanded plastic products are uniquely useful in keeping foods and medical supplies fresh during shipping and in providing sanitary, disposable items for many businesses, they do not biodegrade. If they are not efficiently collected and recycled, expanded plastics may last virtually forever in a landfill. Worse, they often end up in the oceans. If burned, expanded plastics release harmful chemicals and soot, so they should always be recycled.

Effectively Managing Expanded Plastics and Cutting Costs

Businesses can keep plastics out of landfills and the oceans while slashing their waste management costs by using a commercial plastic compactor. Benefits of compacting plastics include:

  • Optimizes space. Using a vertical or horizontal plastic baler is an excellent choice if your business must dispose of expanded plastics as waste. Compressing the air out of these materials can reduce their volume by a 50 to 1 ratio, and compact bales require much less space to store.
  • Cost savings. If you pay for disposal by volume rather than by weight, you could save hugely on disposal costs by using a baler. You will also be reducing the impact on landfills by compressing the materials.
  • Potential revenue opportunity. Recyclers will typically pay more for large amounts of sorted EPS. This gives your business an incentive to keep Styrofoam out of landfills, and it shifts a cost center for your business into a break-even situation or even a profit center.

What Equipment Will Compress Expanded Plastics?

Expanded plastics come in varying densities and shapes, some of which might require a pre-crusher, grinder, or granulator. Our waste consultants will determine the best plastic baler for your needs based on which plastics your business handles.

Most often we will recommend:

  • An Industrial Trash Compactor. We offer both vertical and horizontal compactors to support retail facilities, hospitals, and grocery stores. Larger models will serve manufacturing or industrial facilities or waste management stations.
  • A Vertical Plastic Baler. A vertical baler works well with smaller quantities of material and requires an operator to load and unload the machine. Vertical balers are versatile and compact, baling not only plastic but cardboard, newspapers, foam, aluminum, and
  • A Horizontal Baling Press. Horizontal models can be customized for unique applications and may be fully automated so that no operator is required. These large machines handle huge quantities of expanded plastic, paper, shrink wrap, and almost any other recyclable waste product. Horizontal balers can turn mountains of materials into compact bales that are easily stacked, stored, and moved.

Featured Product

wide mouth horizontal baler

The Cram-A-Lot horizontal baler is the ideal solution for warehouses, distribution centers, and other businesses that routinely bale large amounts of EPS.

This heavy-duty baler can handle a wide variety of materials, including cardboard, newsprint, office paper, expanded plastics, foam rubber, aluminum, and more.

The GTS HE-60 is versatile and self-contained, and can be loaded from the ground, off a dock, or through the wall. At 22.5% wider than our largest 72” horizontal baler opening, the GTS HE-60 can be used with or without a conveyor system and can form bales up to 1,300 lbs.

Leasing Price: $1,425.00/mo. for 60 months

Flatten Foam and Compress Costs with Global Trash Solutions

As an industry leader in plastic recycling equipment sales, service, and repair, there is no better team to help you choose the right waste solutions for your business.

Reducing waste management costs saves your business dollars every day. Investing in plastic waste compacting equipment is a sound decision, as it can help you reduce waste volume and produce a marketable product. You owe it to your business to schedule a free consultation today. Our experienced consultants are standing by to help you choose the most trusted solution for your industry-specific application.