Business Action | February / March 2019


Independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

Further investment by North

Devon waste management

experts SWM has enabled it

to offer a polystyrene recycling

service, following the

company’s acquisition of a

Bergmann EPS Compactor.

The compactor can recycle

clean, white polystyrene by

breaking it up in a hopper

using screw technology, then

forcing it through a channel to

create compacted solid blocks.

The blocks are more efficient

to transport and can be fed

back into the supply chain,

reducing litter and keeping

more materials out of landfill.

Recycled into products

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

is 100% recyclable and thousands

of tonnes of polystyrene

are recycled every year in the

UK and turned into beach

huts, picnic benches, picture

frames and other products.

However, the market for

recycled styrofoam is diminishing

and many recycling

companies no longer accept

polystyrene waste.


Start recycling your

waste polystyrene

Environmental damage

This service is especially

relevant to businesses as

polystyrene is a popular

packaging material due to

its effective insulating and

protective qualities.

However, polystyrene is

large and bulky – composed

of up to 98% air – and can

take up significant space in

waste bins, filling them up

more rapidly and requiring

them to be emptied more

often. Waste polystyrene is

easily blown around, causing

environmental nuisance in

surrounding areas. It is very

slow to biodegrade and can

be damaging if consumed by

wildlife. Traditional disposal

can be both financially and

environmentally expensive.

Polystyrene recycling is the

latest in SWM’s comprehensive

range of waste services.

The company offers a free

waste audit to businesses to

identify potential efficiencies

and cost savings.

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