Wednesday, June 28th, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
EPS foam (expanded polystyrene – #6 plastic), mistakenly called Styrofoam®, is not recycled much because very few recycling companies accept it. Nationwide, EPS has only achieved an average recycle rate of 15%. Plastilite Corporation, a manufacturer of EPS coolers, is the only company in Nebraska that offers a public drop-off site for EPS coolers and packaging material, and also offers a mail-back program for anyone in the US. Barry Kriha, VP of Marketing for Plastilite Corporation, will discuss why his company has taken these unusual steps, explain the three processes that can be used to recycle EPS, and how each one is used to manufacture new products.
Barry Kriha has been with Plastilite Corporation for nearly two years. Prior to joining them, he worked in broadcasting and the ad agency world for nearly twenty years. Born in Gibbon, Nebraska, Barry graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. When he’s not working, or raising his two boys, playing hockey and also has been part of two Guinness World Records.