Posted: Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:52
CROFTON, MD, January 23, 2013 –The EPS Industry Alliance has developed a new resource to assist those seeking to recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging. An interactive Reuse and Recycling map, powered by Google, allows consumers and businesses to locate a facility to dispose of their EPS packaging quickly and simply.
The EPS Reuse and Recycling Map was designed to be intuitive and comprehensive. For quick distinction loose fill drop-off centers are displayed with a red icon and locations that handle other EPS packaging are blue. Locations can be filtered by zip code as well as by the type of EPS packaging the facility handles. With over 1,050 EPS drop-off locations nationwide, users can access recycling information in just one or two clicks.
The EPS Industry Alliance has developed several new tools to help consumers locate local EPS collection centers. Loose fill reuse centers have been provided with business card inserts displaying a QR code that when scanned with a smart phone or tablet will direct to the EPS Reuse and Recycling Google map. These cards can be easily reproduced and included in packages that contain EPS loose fill. Participating businesses will be clearly labeled as loose fill drop-off locations by a newly designed, eye-catching window sticker.
Drop-off locations for loose fill packaging, otherwise known as packing peanuts, reuse the material for their own packaging needs, providing a mutually beneficial service for themselves and people seeking to dispose of their EPS. Locations that recycle other EPS, such as the packaging you may find protecting electronics, produce new EPS or convert it in to raw materials used to produce new products, reducing material requirements and energy use.
For more than 20 years the EPS Industry Alliance, has provided consumers with information to help them dispose of EPS packaging in an environmentally beneficial manner. To date, the efforts of EPS-IA have helped over a million people, diverting in excess of 20 million pounds of EPS packaging from landfills every year. The EPS Industry Alliance strives to promote growth in EPS reuse and recycling by increasing the number of available drop-off locations and pioneering new and creative resources.