EPS Newsline

Volume 1 | Summer 2013

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volume 1 | summer 2013 Advance innovative EPS product solutions that contribute to a sustainable future Newsline 1298 Cronson Blvd. • Suite 201 • Crofton, MD 21114 • (800) 607-3772 • www.epsindustry.org • info@epsindustry.org Foam Recycling: Thinking Clean. Acting Green. Amidst all the hype of 'ban-happy' legislators it is easy to assume product bans are good for the environment. But the facts consistently reveal they're not. Bans simply swap one kind of litter for another. Moreover, if banning a product kills jobs and raises costs, do product bans solve a problem or create one? And those biodegradable replacements? They don't just magically disappear; biodegradable products require very specific conditions to break down in a composting facility and there are very few commercial composting facilities in the U.S. campaign on their new program, and it's an effort that ensured its success. Clear Channel Outdoor donated advertising space on 40 billboards throughout the city to promote the effort, as did Heaven 600, a Clear Channel radio station. The Department of Public Works launched a dedicated foam recycling webpage for consumers as well as a Twitter account (@BaltimoreDPW). Press events and a DPW annual calendar featuring PS collection information were also part of the promotional effort. This proactive education outreach has increased awareness and helped generate 5,600 pounds of polystyrene waste diversion in its first year. 6 But one city is thinking – and acting – beyond a simplistic ban mentality to solve their polystyrene recycling challenge. Unlike some other cities that have chosen to ban products that are difficult to recycle, the City of Baltimore got to work on a sustainable PS recycling solution that is delivering real results for the city and the environment. In late 2011 Councilman Jim Kraft whose 'green' agenda has earned him the nickname 'Councilman Kermit' partnered with Dart Container Corporation to offer foam recycling at one of the city's community drop-off centers. Baltimore took extra initiative by launching a public education RECYCLING SERVICES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS 3 PERSPECTIVES ON EPS 4 The foam recycling initiative was not without its hurdles. It took several months for the city and Dart Container to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and when the drop off facility first opened they were challenged to educate consumers on what was – and wasn't – acceptable material for the PS foam bin. The educational outreach paid off and it wasn't long before the program was running like clockwork. "As we see how this goes, we have the possibility of expanding it to other stations in the city," said Bob Murrow, the recycling coordinator for the city's Bureau of Solid Waste. EPS MEETS EXTREME COLD STORAGE CHALLENGES 10 BUILDING PRODUCT SAFETY VS CHEMICAL RISK ASSESSMENTS 11

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