Recycling

Insulation Technology is an EPS drop off location, if you have scrap EPS you are looking to recycle give us a call and we can help. We recycle anywhere from one piece of foam to a truckload of material.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is 100% recyclable. At Insultech we have implemented a process to recycle 100% of our scrap. The process works so great that we have started a program to collect EPS from neighboring towns that would otherwise bring it to the landfill. All of our customers have the option of recycling their scrap EPS.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is one of the most environmentally-friendly products in use today. Additionally, a 2009 national study found that EPS provides a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when used to insulate homes in North America.

“Green” Characteristics
of EPS

• EPS is lightweight and easy to use, plus it is largely made from recycled materials and is itself
100 percent recyclable.

• EPS is flame retardant and contains no harmful ozone depleting CFCs or HCFCs.

• When compared to other packaging and insulation materials, such as corrugated, EPS offers superior cushioning properties and is more versatile and less expensive.

• EPS is simply an ideal choice for green building designs, offering tangible environmental advantages with energy efficiency, recycled content, mold resistance and indoor environmental quality.

• EPS can help meet other green building goals via localized manufacturing, which reduces the impacts of transportation and through its use in innovative applications that improve the overall environmental performance of the building envelope.

• During installation, some EPS applications have shown to consistently reduce jobsite waste and labor costs.

• Once installed, the environmental benefits continue with superior insulating properties that result in measurable savings.

EPS Made Using Green Processes

Beyond the environmental benefits of the installed product, the energy requirements to make EPS can be more favorable than some alternative materials. In one study, when compared to fiberglass insulation, the energy required to produce EPS insulation is 24 percent less than what is needed to make the amount of fiberglass needed to achieve an equivalent R-value at a representative volume.

Energy Efficiency of EPS
Most significantly, whether used as a stand-alone component or part of a highly engineered building system, EPS’ insulating capabilities contribute to increased energy efficiency. Whether for sheathing, roofing or below-grade installations, EPS plays a key role in a building’s ability to comply with all benchmark requirements for most green building programs.

Several EPS structural system applications, like insulating concrete forms (ICFs) and structural insulation panels (SIPS), are commonly recognized by LEED© as providing key environmental advantages.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED©) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using green strategies. LEED© is intended to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

We at Insulation Technology are all well aware of the environmental concerns facing today’s packaging and insulation materials. We are working to do our part by taking responsibility for the packaging materials we manufacture and fabricate.
We share our customer’s interest in the environment and makes every effort to design packaging and insulation systems that utilize maximum effectiveness with minimal material.
• Aside from our virgin material, all of our EPS blocks contain 20% regrind of our own material.

EPS Recycling – Consumer Access

Since 1991 EPS recycling has increased despite economic downturns and shifting dynamics in the recycled materials market. Approximately 50% of all EPS collected is used to manufacture new EPS transport packaging and loosefill packaging, which reduces requirements for raw material resources and energy consumption. EPS is playing an important role in sustainability – you can do your part by recycling your foam packaging at a drop off location or through our national mail back program.

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