EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE (EPS) IS A COMMON INSULATING MATERIAL THAT HAS A
BAD REPUTATION. EPS is notorious for
how long it takes to biodegrade and its
difficult recycling process. For buildings, EPS is a commonly used insulation
For facilities striving to be green, it’s
important to exercise good source con-
trol and follow through with best prac-
tices when you are replacing insulation.
Are you able to recycle EPS?
Inconsistent Laws on
There is little consensus when it
comes to the recyclability of EPS mate-
rials. Municipalities around the country
are split down the middle on this issue.
New York City passed a ban on
recycling EPS products in 2017 as the
Sanitation Department deemed that it’s
impossible to recycle the material economically. However, the ban’s focus is
on foam food service products and has
no reference to building insulation.
So if you see that your locality has
passed a ban on recycling EPS, you may
not be disqualified from recycling any
old EPS insulation. If an EPS recycling
ban is being discussed in your community, identify the limits and whether
they affect your recycling needs during a
retrofit or replacement.
Conversely, San Diego’s city council
decided against an EPS ban. The city has
instead opted to incorporate EPS into
their waste management and recycling
programs. The city joins 56 other cities
in California that are embracing the recy-
cling of EPS products.
It’s hard to say what the future of EPS
recycling will be. As the industry moves
away from products that aren’t as easy
to recycle, it’s unclear whether companies will develop efficient and inexpensive recycling processes for EPS. In the
meantime, it’s best to plan ahead if you
are replacing EPS.
If you are planning to replace your
insulation and want to recycle any EPS
insulation boards, see what kinds of
rules your community has (check at
www.epsindustry.org). If it isn’t prohibited, speak to your local waste management provider to learn how you can
best recycle your old EPS. B
Are You Permitted to Recycle
RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS VARY CONSIDERABLY IN DIFFERENT LOCALITIES
EPS INSULATION is a popular
material, but municipalities are split
on whether to recycle it.
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they attract stinging pollinators, Gore
insects also feed off of sap excreted by
common flowers such as peonies, roses
Watering habits: It’s tempting to
drench newly planted landscaping but
overwatering creates standing puddles
of moisture that pests use for hydration
and egg laying, Webb cautions.
Lastly, spring is an excellent occasion
to renew your relationship with your pest
control provider, advise Gore and Webb.
Have them inspect your property with a
fresh set of eyes to spot problems that
might have otherwise been overlooked.
Jennie Morton is a contributing editor
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