A very common question asked is "can you compact polystyrene?"
Here's a useful guide and answer to this question
Expanded polystyrene is one of the most widely used methods for consumer packaging, and thus one of the most common types of waste. It can sometimes present a challenge to dispose of.
Expanded polystyrene can be found in many forms, including packing peanuts or moulded sheets used for building insulation. The most widely-used type, however, is EPS6.
Because it is made out of 97% air, expanded polystyrene can take up a lot of space in the bin, not to mention it can be an environmental hazard.
If you are working in packaging, distribution, electronics, or any other industry that depends on extensive use of polystyrene, you have perhaps noticed how much this material can increase the costs of collecting and processing waste. By placing polystyrene in a special compactor, you can not only save space but reduce costs as well.
Yes, polystyrene can be compacted.
Compacting polystyrene is actually the most efficient and sustainable way to discard of it. Even though the content itself is lighter than air, a few blocks of expanded polystyrene can fill up standard trash bins very fast. If you use a compactor, it will compress polystyrene into smaller chunks that can be collected and disposed of much easier.
Below are some examples of polystyrene items that you can place in a polystyrene compactor:
It is essential to remember that you can’t compact polystyrene that has been contaminated by various substances or that contains food scraps or stains, such as food packaging that has not been properly cleaned out.
Keep in mind that most EPS6 is imprinted so that you know what type of EPS it is. To avoid damaging your compactor, instruct employees to check the type of polystyrene they need to compact, as well as ensure the material has been adequately cleaned and dried before placing it inside the compactor.