EPP and the circular economy
The goal is to ensure that EPP plastic is returned to the materials cycle again and again. When a product made from expanded polypropylene is no longer needed, it can be shredded into regranulate and then used to manufacture injection moulded and extruded products. The material itself therefore continues to exist, but over time it takes on a variety of shapes and forms. The use of recycled material in the production of EPP foam beads is a focal point of current developments.
EPP and the waste hierarchy
The material EPP fully complies with the ideas behind recycling management and waste laws and the associated waste hierarchy.
- Reduce: as a foam, which mainly consists of air, EPP contributes to minimising the use of resources.
- Reuse: EPP products are durable and can be reused many times.
- Recycling: EPP can be recycled in the PP materials life cycle.
- Energy recovery: EPP has a high heat value (> 80% of crude oil).
- Landfilling: is not indicated at all due to the options mentioned above.