How to Recycle Styrofoam Packaging


This is a CA based White Glove Logistic company delivering home appliance for GE, deliveried around 500 items per location everyday. Different appliance packaged using vast amounts of Styrofoam packaging.  In the end of 2014, the company introduced a new Styrofoam recycling project-Install 4 styrofoam densifiers A-C100(220lbs/h) in their 4 locations, transforming waste Styrofoam into a profitable income.  

Intco recycling machine

They used to fill loose Styrofoam packaging to one 53’ truck per day, spending fees to let a local recycling company handling it. Now, after the Styrofoam recycling project being implemented, it takes 30 days to fill the densified material to a 40HQ container.  To make sure the densified styrofoam quality, before feeding the loose Styrofoam into hopper, they pick out the paper, tags and then just throw the cleaned material into the hopper to let it crushed and then densify automatically. In busy days, the machine can even run 8-10hours. 

EPS blocks

After densified, the outcome densified blocks dimension is 12*12(w/h)in., which can palletized 4*3 per pallet and a 40HQ Container(464.57’’*83.858’’*107.08’’)  can easily fill 36 pallets. After got a full load, INTCO Recycling buy it back with $550 per ton(sometimes even higher), and use it to make picture frames and decorated moldings, and then sell the end products to Michaels, Walmart, IKEA etc. In this way, INTCO accomplish total solutions of waste Styrofoam recycling and for the customer, the investment in the machine is also paid back within four months.  


styrofoam compacted

Compared with the old handling ways- landfill or just throw it away, this new Styrofoam recycling way is a tremendous saving in terms of space and money. Apart from the waste charge, one daily truck runs are saved, including labour cost and truck oil fees.

styrofoam BLOCKS

Since the project’s inception, the company has saved hundreds tons of waste Styrofoam packaging from landfill which are not biodegradable, shows a great environmental responsibility and also get great profit from it!