Light, strong, cool solutions for the fish supply chain
End of Life – options
Most EPS waste is collected and easily converted into other EPS products, including long-life applications. These include coat hangers, CD cases and wood-substitute products. When used in fish boxes, EPS is less likely to be collected due to the fact that it has been contaminated by the fish it has protected. However, our industry is constantly searching for viable recycling options which would enable the growth of facilities able to cope with EPS packaging used in the cold supply chain.
In Spain the EPS Sure Project has created a pilot plant which demonstrated how to handle EPS fishboxes waste. Waste is successfully collected and recycled into new food-contact packaging. Click here to learn more.
In spite of the widespread use of EPS in packaging, it has been calculated that EPS accounts for only 0.1% of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). A growing share of EPS waste is recycled year by year while the remaining waste is mostly used in clean-burn incinerators thanks to the high calorific value of EPS. A minor share is still landfilled but its percentage is decreasing rapidly towards 0%, thanks to the efforts of the EPS industry and the EPR activity towards full recycling and circular economy.
Recycling and recovery
EPS is easily recycled and its resources recovered for long-life applications
Expanded Polystyrene is technically very easy to recycle and, wherever this is economically viable, recycling can take place in both closed loop and open loop processes. It can then be used in a wide variety of new applications from recycled-content packaging to long-life, highly-durable goods to innovative new products in sectors such as building and construction.
EPS packaging is easily recyclable where facilities exist
Highly efficient manufacture and localised production units mean EPS is a low-cost, proven solution
The 2% polystyrene cellular matrix gives outstanding impact resistance
EPS is insoluble and non-hygroscopic
Hygienic & Safe
EPS is non-toxic, chemically inert, and fungi and bacteria cannot grow on it
Unique insulation performance keeps fish safe and eradicates waste
Styrene for EPS is a byproduct of refining but is also abundant in natural products
EPS is effectively 98% air, minimising weight impacts in transportation
Clean manufacturing technologies mean minimal energy and water inputs with no production waste
Why use EPS?
EUMEPS is the association for European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene. It represents converters of expandable polystyrene (EPS) to lobby and promote their interests in Europe. EUMEPS navigates the political and regulatory landscape in Europe and ensure that our voice is heard and the benefits of EPS as a construction and packaging material is understood.
EUMEPS’s vision as an association is simple: “To present a unified industry with a strong image and powerful voice”. This is done by providing a comprehensive service to all our members, allowing them to benefit from collective resources, knowledge and expertise in strategic areas of relevance to the industry.Find out more here