EPS and the Environment
Improving our Environmental Footprint
Expanded polystyrene is up to 98% air but here at Molygran we recognise that any oil-based product has an environmental impact and we take our responsibilities in this area very seriously.
For some time our policy has been to ensure that 100% of the polystyrene we convert is either sold as a finished product or recycled.
There is not always a recycling service readily available for consumers, which often leads to the misconception that polystyrene is not easily recycled. In fact, polystyrene can be 100% recycled and reborn as new products.
At Molygran we recognise that different forms of recycling have different environmental impacts. After careful research, we have concluded that the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of our waste is to place it back in the supply chain for melting down to be used in the production of other forms of plastic goods.
To do this, we have researched the market and made a substantial investment in market-leading compaction equipment from KBM in Denmark. Our scrap and offcuts are fed into the compacter and formed into 100% recycled polystyrene briquettes. We store these briquettes until we have 22 pallets worth, enough to fill an articulated lorry. This ensures their delivery is at it’s most cost-effective which in turn reduces our carbon footprint. The waste then easily re-enters the supply chain as it is ready for melting down for new products.
Once melted down, recycled polystyrene can be turned into many everyday items such as CD cases.
Our waste will not be your problem…but it could end up in your wardrobe as a coat hanger!