"Foam" is generally known everywhere but in fact its meaning is so wide. According to translation "Foam" means, "expand" or "blow".
Herewith we concern "Foam" as the expanded plastics. There are many kinds of plastics in the world, any plastics when react with the Blowing Agent will become "Foam" which is generally called "Foam Plastics".
The example of well -known foam plastics is sponge, food box, foam sheet, spray foam for insulation and etc. These foam plastics are produced from different kinds of plastics.
We will only mention about foam that produced from Polystyrene / PS (C8H8) plastic. PS Foam or so-called "Expanded Polystyrene" is made for food box, ice box, packaging for television and floating Krathong foam.
There are two kinds of Polystyrene Foam:
1. Expandable Polystyrene / EPS is usually used as packaging for many kinds of products such as television, electrical appliances, helmet, ice box, sheet foam and block foam for road construction.
2. Polystyrene Paper / PSP so called Extruded Polystyrene / XPS which is used to produce food tray and food box.
PS foam recycling situation
In the past, PS Foam recycling in the public is not so active since people has misunderstanding and bad attitude toward PS foam. Especially, recycling issue, which there are many people still understand that PS Foam cannot be recycled, which absolutely wrong.
Moreover, EPS is bulky but lightweight therefore it creates higher transportation cost than other plastics.
Nowadays, INTCO keeps trying to educate and promote correct facts about PS foam to public. We also now trying to make the compactors to reduce the volume of PS foam in order to create economic possibility to collect and transport foam waste for recycle. Then we purchase compacted waste EPS to recycle them.
Learn How INTCO turn EPS waste to value.