Our commitment to the environment
July 08, 2019 at 11:47 AM
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
At EXPOL we’ve made a commitment to the environment and take responsible manufacturing seriously. We are focused on a true closed-loop recycling process – 75% of the products we make use recycled content, and we have plans and concepts in place to do even better.
EXPOL is a long-standing member of the leading industry associations EPS NZ Sector, EPSA (EPS Australia) and the Asian Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (AMEPS). These organisations support and promote the recycling of Expanded Polystyrene products and our membership gives EXPOL access to the latest advances in the field.
OUR CLOSED-LOOP RECYCLING PROCESS
An important component of our product development and manufacturing is our commitment to closed-loop recycling. Polystyrene is highly re-useable and at EXPOL we recycle it into products including EXPOL UnderFloor Insulation, EXPOL Tuff Pods, EXPOL StyroDrain and EXPOL QuickDrain to name just a few.
At EXPOL we operate six recycling plants nationwide, we are growing our commitment and capabilities by trialing a network of collection points where you, the consumer, can drop off your polystyrene waste for recycling.
Polystyrene waiting to be recycled
Polystyrene going into the recycling machine
Polystyrene on the recycling line
Recycled Polystyrene going through the de-dusting machine to remove dust
Compacted dust from the recycled Polystyrene
Because we want our recycled products to be used time and time again, we don’t believe in putting a premium price on them. It’s better for the environment if our recycled products are accessible – without the barrier of increased price.
Our recycling initiatives
Our zero waste factories recycle 350 tons of polystyrene a year. That’s 2800 cubic metres a month. We run recycling programs to reuse our own EXPOL product and we’ve also developed a building site waste polystyrene programme – making on-site recycling easy
We know that making recycling easy for builders working on building sites plays a big part in minimising on-site waste.
Our EXPOL recycling initiative allows builders working with our polystyrene to tell us, quickly and easily, when there’s excess. We then collect it and turn it into new products.
EXPOL polystyrene been collected from a building site for recycling
The Polystyrene Recycling POD used in the pilot programme.
We have a trial polystyrene Recycling Scheme underway in hardware and plumbing stores.
These "Recycling Collection Pods" allow stores to recycle polystyrene from retail packaging and customers to drop off their own polystyrene waste.
We then collect it and convert it into new and useful products – like EXPOL QuickDrain, our no scoria drainage solution.
Minimising the impact of new polystyrene manufacturing
We are committed to reducing the use of raw material in the production of new polystyrene products, which minimises their impact on the environment.
At EXPOL we create lasting, quality products that do not need frequent replacement or updating. Our manufacturing process does not create CFCs of HCFCs and because expanded polystyrene is 98% engineered air, the amount of polystyrene material used to produce our products is minimal.
Sustainable behaviour across our operations
Our closed-loop recycling process has seen us extend recycling from our manufacturing operations into our offices and factories.
We are always adding to our EXPOL Polystyrene Recycling Cube drop off points and you can find our latest list of drop off points here: www.expol.co.nz/enviro
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