New EPS Recycling technologies are emerging
Projects are being evaluated to enable EPS polymers and can be broken down to provide the feedstocks for new polystyrene. New technologies, such POLYSTYVERT, are emerging.
On average two new facilities open each year.
EPS is recyclable
EPS Recycling is most successful in commercial waste streams with large volume sources of EPS waste.
Creative problem-solving for challenging recycling scenarios means PC World, John Lewis and Billingsgate Fish Market are committed to long-term EPS recycling.
The majority of EPS waste is currently collected and converted into Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) insulation panels for the construction industry, reducing the environmental impact of building.
The current UK EPS packaging recycling rate is > 50%. Discussions with local authorities are underway to improve recycling from household waste.
EPS endmarkets show consistent growth
EPS is used as recycled content in new EPS packaging and other EPS products including insulation products for the construction industry.