What kind of polyethylene material can be recycled?

Polyethylene (PE) or polyethylene is the most common plastic. The annual global production is around 80 million tons. Its primary use is in packaging (plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes, containers including bottles, etc.). 

The polyethylene usually can be used to make Expanded polyethylene(EPE). EPE is non-crosslinked, closed-cell polyethylene foam made from low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resins. EPE foam has good thermal insulation properties and is also waterproof, thus it has large number of packaging applications. It is manufactured using an extrusion process and is normally available in several forms i.e. sheets, rolls, pipes, rods, L sections, C sections and U sections with each have its own set of uses. It is most widely used in form of sheets and rolls.


Most countries can understand the abbreviation form of Expanded polyethylene, but some countries such as the United States, this Polyethylene foam material will not be called EPE. In the US recycling industry, the abbreviated EPE cannot be understood usually.

The normal non-crosslinked EPE material can be recycled to produce other plastic products. The cross-linked PE material now almost has no method to recycle. Only a small number of companies will use this material to make the carpet.

EPE is a recyclable material, and many companies today can offer Polyethylene foam recycling solutions. The method of EPE recycling is relatively simple. In fact, hot melting is the easiest first step to recycle EPE. The recycled EPE can be used to granulate PE pellets.

The melted EPE can be achieved through the hot melt machine, and the current the cost-effective hot melt machine can be supplied by GREENMAX from INTCO which has a relatively high reputation. GRRENMAX Mars series densifier is a machine that can handle a wide range of foam materials. It can perfectly melt the EPE material. Its screw crushing technology can smash the EPE material into pieces. These EPE pieces then can be melted into ingots via its hot melt system.


This melting approach has several advantages, such as reducing the volume, easy to transport, reduce transportation costs and so on. And the configuration and service of GREENMAX densifier is very good. When the densifier is shipped to the guests, there will be a dedicated engineer alongside to help text the operation. As long as the operation is proper, the hot melted EPE ingots will be of good quality.

If you also want to participate in the recycling of this recyclable EPE, GREENMAX densifier will be a very good choice.