Expanded Polystyrene Australia - October 2016
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Welcome to the October edition of the EPSA newsletter. 

It was fantastic to see so many people at the 2016 EPSA annual conference and AGM, in what was a very successful event. We also welcomed the opportunity to thank our outgoing Board member Margaret Donnan. There was some fantastic discussion throughout the day and we appreciate all who attended and participated in the forum. 

All post-AGM documents are now on the Members Only section of the website in the 2016 folder, as the files are too large to circulate via email. If you are unable to recall your login details, please contact or call (03) 6281 2320. The PowerPoint presentation from the day can also be made available on request.  

Another addition to the Members Only section of the website is the Archive folder. We have begun digitising all of the files we have in archives to bring us into the digital age. The website does have a size limitation for uploads, and therefore some documents are too large. To address this, we have created an index of documents we have digitised thus far, and if it is not available in the Archive folder, please contact to have it directly transferred to you. 

Next month, Executive Director, Becher Townshend, will be attending the 2016 Queensland Premier's Sustainability Awards on behalf of EPSA, along with board member Mike O'Brien and other EPSA representatives. 

Below we have a couple of news items from around the world involving EPS, namely the use of EPS in sustainable surfboards - a concept taking over the surfing community, innovation through the use of EPS in rotor blades for wind turbines, geofoam creating solutions for city developments as well as EPS allowing users see pixels in real life and an update on San Diego's discussions to make single use EPS accepted for recycling.
As ever, if there is an issue you’d like to know more about or want to have your say, please don’t hesitate to contact Georgi or myself at the EPSA secretariat with your suggestions.

Becher Townshend
Executive Director 

Important HBCD update from Canada 

For more information click here.

San Diego puts food service EPS recycling on hold

While San Diego currently accepts EPS packaging for recycling, discussions have been postponed around accepting food service EPS products. 

Click here for the full article.

Lightweight rotor blades made from plastic foams for offshore wind turbines

With wind turbines becoming larger and larger, transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of the rotor blades has been becoming problematic. 

A team of Fraunhofer researches have partnered with industry experts to develop lightweight and recyclable rotor blades using EPS. 

Click here for the full article.

Would you like to become an associate member of EPSA?

Do you recycle EPS? Then you are eligible to become an associate member and participate in furthering the aims of EPSA.  

For more information email

No river too wide for geofoam 

A development in Salt Lake City was made possible thanks to the use of geofoam. 

The site itself is situated on a creek, with more then 850,000 cubic feet of geofoam used as a foundation for the development. 

Click here for the full article.

Levitating display features pixels you can touch

EPS has been used in a one of a kind display where pixels are a physical, tangible sphere which can float and can be individually moved mid air. 

The EPS sphere are coated in titanium dioxide which gives them an electrostatic charge. 

Click here for the full article.

Sustainable surfboards

The surfing community is working together to produce sustainable surfboards for years. 

Click here for the full article.

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