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    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Hello All,
    Does anybody know which recycling firms would take graphite EPS?
    I have finally finished with sticking EPS to my walls, and now I am left with a heap of leftovers: offcuts, spare boards etc.
    I have tried calling/emailing a few recycling places that advertise PS recycling, however neither could take graphite EPS, and I really don't want to have it end up in landfill!
    Any tips, hints or suggestions very welcome.
    Many thanks, Bart
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Posted By: bhommelsI have tried calling/emailing a few recycling places that advertise PS recycling, however neither could take graphite EPS, and I really don't want to have it end up in landfill!

    Where we live, everything in the 'black bin' is incinerated rather than landfilled, so I don't worry so much.

    Sorry, I don't know of any EPS recycling facilities myself.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Have you asked the manufacturers of the best way to dispose of it?They will have a lot of manufacturing waste that they need to dispose of I guess.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Dunno your situation but could you put them in your loft? Or somebody else's loft?
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    It is hard to incinerate as it burns fast and hot and is expensive to transport.
    Companies that do recycle it compact it locally then send it off for recycling (https://www.ecogenrecycling.co.uk/what-can-we-recycle/expanded-polystyrene-recycling/)


    I'd go with Ed's suggestion, no one has to drive it anywhere, it might save some energy and if you realise you need a bit in future you can fish it out of the loft again.
    :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Although... last time I used Jablite EPS it clearly had a variety of different beads in it and on checking their website:

    https://www.jablite.co.uk/about-pages/jablite-eps-and-the-environment/

    Recycling
    Jablite insulation products are 100% recyclable. All manufacturing offcuts are re-used in the production of new products. We collect offcuts from building projects on request and recycle these into new insulation board.
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2021
     
    Thanks all, very useful suggestions
    I should have used Jablite by the sound of it - I'll try to contact the manufacturers of the boards I have.
    Some of the excess has already been used as under floor insulation, it does the job nicely. I am not keen on putting it in the loft as there is too much stuff there already and EPS in a loft is a fire hazard.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    Kay-Metzeler also say that 'EPS is being successfully recovered, and recycled throughout the UK' (https://www.kay-metzeler.com/quality--environment.html), and elsewhere it seems they have 'a network of recycling points across the country' (https://www.bpf.co.uk/directory/kay-metzeler-ltd-essex_158.aspx).

    Some other companies listed here: http://www.eps.co.uk/recycling/eps_recycling_points.html
  1.  
    My family own a polystyrene company in Manchester.
    We recluse all our white eps but dont do graphite as most recycling plants will not separate it out and it can’t go into the recycled white as customers don’t want black dots in their lovely packaging.
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    Posted By: drunkenrockmonkeyWe recluse all our white eps but dont do graphite as most recycling plants will not separate it out and it can’t go into the recycled white as customers don’t want black dots in their lovely packaging.


    Luckily insulation companies seem less worried about appearance:
    https://www.insulationshop.co/25mm_polystyrene_insulation_eps_70jablite.html
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    Posted By: Mike1Kay-Metzeler also say that 'EPS is being successfully recovered, and recycled throughout the UK' (https://www.kay-metzeler.com/quality--environment.html" rel="nofollow" >https://www.kay-metzeler.com/quality--environment.html), and elsewhere it seems they have 'a network of recycling points across the country' (https://www.bpf.co.uk/directory/kay-metzeler-ltd-essex_158.aspx" rel="nofollow" >https://www.bpf.co.uk/directory/kay-metzeler-ltd-essex_158.aspx).

    Some other companies listed here:http://www.eps.co.uk/recycling/eps_recycling_points.html" rel="nofollow" >http://www.eps.co.uk/recycling/eps_recycling_points.html


    Thanks, Kay-Metzeler looks very promising as they explicitly list insulation boards. All others on the eps.co.uk website that are reasonably nearby only want non-graphite EPS, although one of them forwarded me to a plant who could take my leftovers. Fingers crossed!
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    So EPS recycling looks not too bad - how often is its obvious un-recyclability another minus point (in addition to petrochemical origin)? Big but tho - will these recyclers accept used EPS?
  2.  
    I looked into it a while back , seemed only suitable for bulk collection via a dedicated large skip at a price.
    unfortunately Ive often ended up just sticking it in a old ton bag and placing it on the skip in the hope the skip company can sort it at their yard. I should really ask them what they do with it.
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    Posted By: fostertomSo EPS recycling looks not too bad - how often is its obvious un-recyclability another minus point (in addition to petrochemical origin)? Big but tho - will these recyclers accept used EPS?

    Technically, recycling EPS is a doddle. It is the consumer/contractor facing side that is letting us all down. And EPS is a bit of a disaster when released in the environment.
    I'll try and remember to post the outcome of the quest for recycling my EPS leftovers.
  3.  
    AFAIK the issue with recycling EPS is the cost of transport, too bulky for the weight to be worth taking anywhere that can recycle it. Over here it is regarded as 'hazardous waste' and the nearest place that can handle it is a 30 mile drive each way and driving 60 miles with a boot full of EPS makes no sense environmentally. - so it gets put in dustbins bit by bit. (domestic waste here is incinerated, not land fill)
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    Looks like at least one council does kerbside EPS collection - http://www.aberdareonline.co.uk/node/3136 - so it can be done.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTime2 days ago
     
    About 7/8 years ago our local council recycling plant was featured in the local paper as having bought a compactor/baler for EPS. It is still not in use. It all goes in the general waste. Perhaps they should get in touch with Aberdare LA.
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