November 2022

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Anyone who has encountered foam clamshells for restaurant takeout food, white or green “peanut” packing to cushion shipments, or those thick foam blocks for protecting boxed furniture is familiar with expanded polystyrene (EPS).

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Expanded polystyrene manufacturers incorporate RTO technology to meet clean air regulations FIG. 1. Ship & Shore Environmental’s Steam Generating Thermal Oxidizer (SGTO). Anyone who has encountered foam clamshells for restaurant takeout food, white or green “peanut” packing to cushion shipments, or those thick foam blocks for protecting boxed furniture is familiar with expanded polystyrene (EPS). In use since the 1930s, EPS continues to gain in use around the world in applications from surfboard cores to roadways and building materials. Mordor Intelligence has estimated the 2021 EPS market at 8 MM metric tpy (impressive for a substance that is

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