Waste is produced by everyone from companies to families, we all contribute to the growing carbon footprint made on this planet. Maybe that is why everybody is talking about it – but is this talk productive or just spreading rumors?
A common topic of discussion is plastic vs. paper.
Plastic have gained a rather bad reputation – quite unfairly too. Plastic is one of the most recyclable materials for packaging and insulation, and products made from plastic often takes much less water to produce than products made of paper materials. Yet the material is strongly criticized. A common plastic material in both companies and private households is EPS or Expanded PolyStyrene, it is mostly used for insulation in constructions, fish boxes, or packaging for electrical consumer goods.
As a plastic material, EPS is also criticized, this often happens due to consumers’ lack of knowledge about the material, the many abilities of the material, uncertainty of how to recycle the material correctly, and unawareness of the circular life cycle of the material. For example, did you know that the EPS material is 100% recyclable? Luckily, many companies know this and therefore work in the EPS industry with a focus on making recycling of the material manageable and to elevate the efficiency of this specific resource.
The knowledge of the possibilities for recycling our resources will make them more efficient, which will help us to save the planet from drowning in waste.
To be sustainable is first of all to realize that the question of sustainable living is complex. A balancing of consequences has to be made constantly, and in every part of the product’s life cycle. Therefore, investing in equipment for recycling or similar may be the best long-term decision for a company to start working sustainably. EPS is an extremely light-weight material which means that it is superior for transportation of various goods. Besides its excellent qualities for packaging and protection which avoids hazards, breakages, and wastage, its lightweight also means a reduced fuel consumption during transportation. Using EPS for packaging instead of other materials can mean a fuel saving up to 39%.
Save money on doing a good deed
It is not only when transporting goods that money can be saved. Do you work at a place that handles larger amounts of plastic material e.g. insulation or packaging – this could be a car shop, electronics store, production of plastic products, the food industry, etc. – you probably often find yourself with a great amount of plastic waste to transport off at great expenses.
Today the transportation cost of plastic waste is calculated in numbers of trucks rather than weight of the waste, so transporting 10 kg of waste is equivalent to transporting 100 kg of waste, as long as they can fit in the same truck. Many companies with EPS waste spend great costs on transportation of waste due to the airy, light-weighted nature of the material. Therefore, compacting your EPS waste will save you a lot on transportation costs as you will be able to transport much more waste per truck.
The KBM compactor can help your company save money on transportation of your waste.
Read more about EPS recycling solutions at kbm.dk