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.
When used for the essential protection of fish and seafood products, at the end of their primary function EPS fishboxes are likely to have become contaminated by fish residues and malodorous fluids which renders them less suitable for recycling. At this stage, they may safely enter the mixed waste stream where the optimum route to resource recovery will be clean-burn incineration to generate energy from waste.