As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

In today’s climate, many businesses are contributing towards a circular economy, ensuring that we increase resource efficiency and reduce the use of minerals and raw materials. In a circular economy, one business’s ‘trash’ is another business’s resource. This so-called trash, often cardboard waste or polystyrene provides an additional revenue source for many companies, across various industries.


Many companies use EPS as a packaging material, including fish processors, electronic manufacturers and the food service industry due to its strong and protective nature.

Our range of Cobalt polystyrene compactors are specially designed for densifying packaging foams, a difficult material which they compact at a volume reduction of up to 40:1 and do so at incredibly fast rates. These machines are also suitable for EPP foam and polyurethane.

We offer polystyrene compactors in three models: SC1200, SC2200 and SC3100. These are different size machines that compact varying amounts of polystyrene. We can advise which model is best for your space and usage.

We have helped many companies within the fish processing industry turn their polystyrene waste into a profitable revenue stream.  We worked alongside Farne Salmon to generate a new revenue stream via the sale of the compacted EPS. The company previously had to pay for its polystyrene fish boxes to be collected, it now sells the compacted blocks produced by its Cobalt SC3000. The new revenue stream generated by the sale of the compacted EPS has paid for the purchasing of the two specialist machines.


Earlier this year China imposed stricter restrictions on imported cardboard, the new quality standards mean cardboard will only be accepted if the material is uncontaminated from other waste products. The material must also meet a 0.5 contamination rate, rather than the 1.5% previously applied (this is something our account managers can help you with during your free waste audit should you wish).

Although cardboard waste recycling is under much scrutiny at the moment due to the situation in China, the graphs below illustrate that the domestic and export prices from the past two years have been relatively steady and generally prices are increasing. From 2016 – 2017, the export prices increased by 11%.

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