EPS in Landfill
Growing concern over local and national waste disposal problems has focused attention on plastics and their environmental impact. It is a common misconception that many of our waste problems are caused by plastics. In fact, the total amount of plastics in our municipal solid waste is only 7% by weight. Of this, EPS accounts for only a very small fraction – less than 0.1%.
Over 30% by weight of Australian domestic garbage is wasted food. EPS packaging extends the life of landfills by keeping food fresh at the correct temperature for longer, thereby helping reduce food spoilage.
EPS is inert and non-toxic and acts as a stabiliser when sent to landfill. EPS aerates the soil, encouraging plant growth on reclaimed sites. While EPS does not degrade, it will not leach any substances into the ground water, nor will it form methane gas (a major contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer).
EPS products used in the building and construction industry have a very long effective lifespan because of their durability, so disposal of the product is minimised.