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London Billingsgate Fish Market is turning waste into revenue
- The fish box market is the largest packaging application of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Europe.
- The material protects the 657,000 tonnes of fish landed at UK ports and fish farms every year.
- On-site recycling of fish boxes at Billingsgate Fish Market in London has proven to be a viable commercial enterprise for a local waste and recycling company.
Billingsgate Fish Market in London is the largest inland fish market in the UK. Regent Hill, a waste management and recycling company, takes advantage of the large amount of used fish boxes occurring at the market place.
In Billingsgate market, the compaction element is located centrally and is easily accessible for all fish traders. The compacted material blocks are passed on to companies that convert the recyclable material to a usable compound. The new material is then used for manufacturing new products – in the case of the material sourced in Billingsgate, its insulation boards.
Recycling works because the outlay for the machines is more than covered by the savings in disposal costs and by generated revenue.
Contribution to a circular economy
On-site recycling at the fish market not only saves resources for collection and transportation of waste material, but also provides a closed-loop system to produce recycled material for the construction industry.
- Regent Hill
- London Billingsgate Fish Market
“By introducing innovative and dedicated EPS recycling technology at the source of the waste, we have been able to increase our recycling rates and remove EPS from the landfill route. Developing new sustainable markets for the recyclate has generated increased revenues and, combined with landfill savings, results in a cost-positive and eco-friendly solution.”
Superintendent, Billingsgate Fish Market
The 2% polystyrene cellular matrix gives outstanding impact resistance
EPS is insoluble and non-hygroscopic
Clean manufacturing technologies mean minimal energy and water inputs with no production waste
Most EPS packaging is easily recyclable where facilities exist
Styrene for EPS is a byproduct of refining but is also abundant in natural products
Unique insulation performance keeps fish safe and eradicates waste
EPS is effectively 98% air, minimising weight impacts in transportation
Hygienic & Safe
EPS is non-toxic, chemically inert, and fungi and bacteria cannot grow on it
Highly efficient manufacture and localised production units mean EPS is a low-cost, proven solution
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