FoamRecycle, a company offering foam recycling programs and services, has set up shop in the San Francisco Bay area.
The company accepts foam drop off at its warehouse facility in San Pablo, California, and offers foam scrap pick up from the customer’s location. FoamRecycle also provides foam recycling equipment rental, which it says is ideal for companies that do not have foam waste on a regular basis and want to recycle per project, as well as free recycling cost assessments, especially for large foam scrap quantities.
Foam, mainly EPS (extended polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam) has become a significant source of waste for many manufacturers and distributors, but it is recyclable.
FoamRecycle says it has developed efficient and cost effective methods for companies to get rid of extra unwanted foam waste that is a bypass product of manufacturing and cutting foam.
The company provides a complete line of recycling equipment. That equipment includes foam compactors, foam densifiers and foam shredders. The compactor presses and compact the foam into logs, the thermal densifiers melt the foam and the shredders reduce the foam into strips or into foam beads.
All these foam recycling machinery is able to reduce foam scrap size up to 1:90, FoamRecycle says.
FoamRecycle owns its own line of trucks and trailers able of carrying up to 300cf of foam from the customer’s site as well as a large storage facility. The company’s recycling equipment includes large EPS densifiers (melting recycling machine) capable of melting about 200 pounds of foam per hour. FoamRecycle offers recycling services for several types of materials, including expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS), expanded polypropylene (EPP) and polyethylene (also known as PE foam).
The grinders and shredders will shred the foam into small beads or small strips, will melt it or will compact it into logs taking up only 2 percent to 5 percent of the original space and about 1:30 of its original volume.