The Life EPS-SURE project, a R&D&i project for plastic recycling that will transform fish boxes into new food packages, has launched its website to make the information about progress accessible for everybody.
Users will find all the project progress which aims to provide a technically, environmentally, and economically viable solution to convert waste into a valuable resource.
The project received a grant from the European Commission, it started on July 2017 and it will come to an end in 2020. It is coordinated by Cicloplast, along with Anape (National Association for Expanded Polystyrene), Coexpan, El Corte Inglés and Total Petrochemicals Ibérica, which are the 5 entities that make up the consortium of the project.
A highly innovative project on the Circular Economy of Plastics
Boxes made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) are commonly used to package, transport, and display fresh products such as fish, thanks to their excellent properties of thermal insulation, protection, and food safety. However, a large share of these boxes ends up in landfills throughout Europe. The project will demonstrate that is possible to manufacture recycled polystyrene (rPS) with suitable quality to satisfy the high demanding requirements for applications in food contact.
The EPS SURE project will be developed in Spain and it is expected to transfer and replicate the results in other European countries, with the support of prestigious international experts in the subject. It is estimated that the number of EPS boxes sent to landfill in Europe could be reduced by 80% by promoting recycling.