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  1. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Recycling NSW EPA & Australian Packaging Covenant Grants Program 2012-2013

  2. Issues with EPS TAKES UP LANDFILL SPACE CAUSES LITTER PROBLEMS PACKAGING USE INCREASING ONLY 10% RECYCLED IN NSW

  3. EPS is not collected in kerbside recycling • Why? • It’s bulky and lightweight – would take up a lot of space in bins • Is expensive to transport if uncompacted • It can’t easily be sorted from other materials

  4. NSW EPA Expanded Plastics grant program 19 recipients 1,183 Tonnes target $933,000 Funding

  5. Pellets of Polystyrene impregnated with pentane Shapes of EPS How EPS is made STEAM 2 EPS balls FORMING 1 3 3 Products 4

  6. How EPS is used Short life packaging

  7. How EPS is used Building products and insulation

  8. Recycling EPS EPS Collection or drop off Cold compaction Hot compaction & extrusion Recycled EPS Pellets

  9. Plant pots Picture frames Desk accessories Products made from recycled PS pellets

  10. What types of EPS for recycling? ‘Grade A’ EPS is: • Clean • Dry • White • Unmarked • Has no physical contamination Grade A EPS sells for a higher price than Grade B EPS.

  11. What types of EPS for recycling ‘Grade B’ EPS is • Dirty • Wet • Marked • Coloured • Physically contaminated (stickers, staples etc.) • Grade B EPS

  12. Saves bin space Saves money Reduces frequency of waste collection Easy to separate Benefits of EPS Recycling

  13. Conserves resources Saves energy Reduces litter Saves landfill space (Photo Transpacific) Benefits of EPS recycling to society

  14. . The amount of EPS sent to landfill each year in NSW would fill the SCG to a height of 125 metres 125m 85m Sydney Cricket Ground (height approx 80 metres)

  15. 12,000 tonnes of EPS Uncompacted EPS 125metres high Cold compacted EPS 3metres high Hot compacted EPS 1.4metres high

  16. . 110 m • EPS sent to Landfill in NSW would fill the rugby playing field at ANZ Stadium to a height of 110 metres 50 m Rugby playing field (ANZ Stadium)

  17. For further information • For more information about EPS Recycling in the XXX area, contact:Name: ZZZPhone PPPEmail: YYY