The Netherlands: Engineering Innovative EPS Recycling Plant Launched in Europe
EUMEPS (The European Union of Manufacturers of Polystyrene) has developed a unique facility capable of recycling EPS (expanded polystyrene) building and construction waste. The Netherlands-based plant is the first of its kind and can recycle 3,300 metric tons of polystyrene foam insulation waste.
Brussels/Belgium – The Polystyreneloop recycling facility in Terneuzen, Netherlands, has recently launched a pioneering new plant in the Netherlands that will recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) demolition waste.
The plant is the first of its kind and proves the feasibility of a large-scale, closed-loop solution for the recycling of EPS building and construction waste. Additionally, the legacy additive HBCD and other impurities such as construction residues or cement will be safely removed during the process while recovering valuable bromine.
We hope the Polystyreneloop plant will inspire similar facilities to pop up and boost EPS recycling rates all over Europe
The Dutch plant will get its insulation waste from the Netherlands, Germany, and other countries, and it will be able to recycle 3,300 metric tons of polystyrene foam insulation waste that might otherwise not be recycled. Thus, this plant shows the possibility of recycling EPS building and construction waste.
EPS is a lightweight foam composed of 98 % air and 2 % technology with outstanding protective and thermal insulation properties. In addition to building and road construction uses, it is widely used in packaging to protect everything from heavy white goods to sensitive electronics, fresh fruit and vegetables, vaccines and even bees.
EUMEPS (The European Union of Manufacturers of Polystyrene) is one of the 74 members of the Polystyreneloop Cooperative, the novel non-profit entity that built the plant. Other members include representatives of the whole polystyrene foam value chain. The Cooperative received a European Union Life program grant to help in the construction of the facility.
“We hope the Polystyreneloop plant will inspire similar facilities to pop up and boost EPS recycling rates all over Europe,” mentions Klaus Ries, the Chairman of the Board of EUMEPS.