Expanded polypropylene can be moved into the polypropylene recycling stream and is therefore fully recyclable. The market for PP regranulate and ground stock has already been established. The goal in terms of the circular economy is to repeatedly return EPP to the PP cycle. At the end of its service life, the material EPP can be used as regranulate with injection moulding and extrusion products. This reuse enables the effective conservation of resources.
The use of recycled EPP for the production of new EPP beads is the subject of current developments. EPP parts that cannot be reprocessed should be sent for thermal energy recovery. The material can also be used further in this area: Thermal recovery through incineration is easily possible with very good energy yields. The heating value of EPP is comparable to that of petroleum (EPP: >10 kW h/kg, oil: approx. 12 kW h/kg). If EPP components that cannot be re-processed are thermally recycled, the energy content can still be recovered and used. And landfilling is not required under any circumstances.