For more than 50 years, polystyrene has been considered a very reliable packaging method and has proven its effectiveness by holding products tightly and safely in place. Popular industries that have found success with polystyrene ( and recycling) are: food packaging, consumer goods (such as) electronics, medical and pharmaceutical.
Polystyrene materials can be reprocessed and molded into new packaging. In fact, in 2013 more than 50% of all polystyrene collected for recycling was used to make recycled-content packaging.
Made of 98% air, polystyrene does not carry harmful chemicals during use or disposal, making it a safe choice for food packaging throughout the world. Recyclability and sustainability are common misconceptions society has about polystyrene, but with factual based information, it has prove to be much more than a reliable packaging method.
EPS Industry Alliance new recycling video, “Expanded Polystyrene Recycling” will be aired on American Airlines this August! The two-minute video will highlight a variety of ways polystyrene is used and features recycle efforts that are offered. Such as curbside and drop-off collections. These recycling efforts are easily found on the polystyrene-IA website by clicking on “Find an polystyrene Recycling Location”!
* Polystyrene is a synthetic resin that is a polymer of styrene, used chiefly as lightweight rigid foams and films.