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Circularity with EPS fish boxes

In the fishing industry the EPS is the mostly used packaging material. But did you ever think about the environmental edge of an EPS fish box? We show the unique qualities of expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes and explain how we can jointly contribute to a sustainable fishing industry.

Sustainable fishing industry well supported by recyclable EPS fish boxes

EPS is 100% recyclable and fish boxes are widely recycled at scale all across Europe. They are designed for recycling and easy to collect and sort at big collection sites (fish processors, markets, harbours) and are then mechanically recycled, the preferred treatment option, because it has the lowest environmental impact.
Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Greece have already achieved fish box recycling rates of 90% while a number of other countries are not far behind, including Ireland, Portugal (75%) and the UK (70%).
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EPS – The tried and tested material for landed fish

We call EPS ‘engineered air’, as it is a rigid foam plastic produced from (solid) polystyrene
(PS) and 98% air, creating a different material, which is resource efficient by design. EPS is the packaging material of choice for landed fish. Its excellent insulation properties keep
fish fresh and avoid food waste.
EPS fishbox fact sheet ( PDF, 169.62 kB)

Light as a feather, strong performance

Its light weight, combined with its superior thermal insulation properties, reduces the need for
cooling, e.g. with heavy ice. This saves energy during transport and storage across the whole
logistics chain.
Study: Functionality of EPS fish boxes
Fishbox trials 2017 ( PDF, 170.87 kB)

Used Fish boxes are a sought-after resource for new products

What many do not know: EPS is easy to recycle. Specifically, in countries like Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, at least 80% of EPS fish boxes are recycled.
A fish box is a so-called mono-material packaging. This means that the box consists of only one type of material.
EPS Fish boxes simply need to be compressed and has turned up new into a valuable and much sought-after new resource.


Every fish box counts

The EPS industry has been working towards further increasing EPS recycling by investing in new technologies to exceed the EU’s goals.
The collection and recycling of fish boxes has already been working well in many ways, but we want more. If you are not yet collecting and returning your EPS fish boxes you should get in touch with us. Because these boxes are a valuable and sought-after resource for new products. In a joint effort we can add to avoiding waste and accelerating recycling activities.
Contact EPS collection & recycling in Europe ( PDF, 73.78 kB)