Stybenex (the Dutch EPS Association), IVH (the German EPS Association), and EPSbranchen (the Danish EPS Association) are proud to announce the launch of EPS Cycle, a new initiative set to transform EPS (expanded polystyrene) recycling across Europe. On July 5th, EPS Cycle was introduced, marking another milestone in the industry’s commitment to the circular economy.
EPS Cycle represents a unified pan-European take-back and recycling system, streamlining the collection and repurposing of used EPS materials for the production of new EPS products. Stybenex, IVH, and EPSbranchen have joined forces to lead this initiative, encouraging other industry players to participate in shaping a sustainable EPS industry.
By effectively managing EPS materials from both the construction and packaging sectors, EPS Cycle aims to establish correct and efficient collection and sorting methods for EPS demolition waste. This will contribute to the reduction of waste and the promotion of circularity within the EPS industry.
The launch event in Copenhagen on July 5th 2023 featured presentations from industry experts. Attendees gained insights into successful EPS recycling practices in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. Furthermore, the event highlighted global EPS recycling efforts, showcasing how EPS protective and insulated packaging is being recycled on a large scale in accordance with proposed UN criteria.
With the introduction of EPS Cycle, the recycling of EPS construction cutt-offs and waste will become more accessible and streamlined across Europe. The initiative has ambitious goals, aiming to expand its coverage to at least 15 countries by 2025 and over 30 countries by 2030, aligning with the industry’s most progressive take-back systems.
Stybenex, IVH, and EPSbranchen are committed to driving the adoption of circular economy principles within the EPS industry. The launch of the EPS Cycle website www.EPSCycle.org will serve as a valuable resource for individuals and organizations seeking information on EPS recycling locations and best practices.
IVH and Stybenex have achieved a recycling rate for construction site cut-offs of above 60% in Germany and the Netherlands. In Denmark and the Netherlands the recycling rate for EPS packaging exceeds 50%. By combining the knowledge and experience from these three countries EPS Cycle can lead the way and push EPS recycling to new heights.