Life Cycle Analysis
The most effective way to reliably assess the overall environmental impact of materials is by Life Cycle Analysis. This internationally accepted method evaluates all impacts – including raw material processing, product manufacture, energy consumption used in processing, manufacture and use, and the effects on the environment of disposal and recycling. There are many examples which illustrate the benefits of using EPS.
- Tiny grains of styrene are expanded using steam. The expanded beads are then moulded into shapes or large blocks depend on the application.
- EPS is widely used in packaging applications for the transport of produce, seafood and fragile items. It is also used as a building solution.
- EPS is recycled at collection centres located across Australia. You can find out more about this process under our 'About Us' section.
- The EPS is recycled through granulation and is then stored in a hopper before being compacted.
- The compacted EPS is then melted. pelletised and converted into General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS).
- Products made using recycled EPS include CD and video cassette cases, coat hangers and synthetic timbers.