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Status:Closed    Asked:Mar 15, 2013 - 06:09 AM

How much recycled material can you put into expanded polystyrene before it is no longer considered virgin?

Is there a certian percentage or must it be absolutely zero percent recycled material to be called "virgin" material.

I am specifically asking about expanded polystryene (EPS or styrofoam) but if something applies to all plastics that would be great

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US EPS suppliers commonly use the "virgin" designation for only 0% recycled material content domestically. The more recycled content, the more brittle (and abrasive to your product) it will be. Since the recycle % can affect performance even if it is only 10%, it's best to specify unless you can deal with the weaker material.


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