The BPF Expanded Polystyrene Group
EPS is 98% air
EPS is 100% recyclable


Recycling EPS

With today’s growing concerns about the environment and climate change, expanded polystyrene is increasingly recognized as environmentally preferable for a host of reasons including its lightweight nature, its outstanding insulation properties and its low carbon footprint.

Is EPS Recyclable?YES


Plastic substitutes

It’s not as simple as good or bad. The reality is every material has consequences which must be considered and balanced for environmental benefits.


of all EPS packaging is currently recycled

Did You Know?

EPS is safe and effective for many product applications:

Transport packaging

Pharmaceutical packaging

Bicycle helmets

Live organ transport

Food service packaging

New pyrolysis technology to provide Delta Airlines with fuel from recycle Expanded polystyrene (EPS) was announced in January 2019

Substitutions are risky

Not all paper packaging containers are recyclable

Heavier alternative packaging

Consumes more raw material, energy and landfill space

Meat, fish and produce shipped in EPS result in less food waste

Demand life cycle analysis of alternative materials

Verify recycling claims

Bans are ineffective

Bans do not reduce waste

Bans are not tied to environmental benefits

Bans can have unintended consequences

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