COEXPAN, a company specialising in the manufacture of rigid plastic sheets and thermoformed products for the food industry, is collaborating in the project “LIFE EPS-SURE 2017-2020”, which takes old fish boxes, recycles them and transforms them into new food grade packaging. It involves the design of a novel system for the collection, pre-treatment and recycling of expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste to produce new, high added-value polystyrene (PS) products, suitable for food contact.
The EPS-SURE project is coordinated by Cicloplast, a non-profit body that integrates Spain's producers and processors of plastics in its drive to recycle plastics. COEXPAN is joined by ANAPE (National Association for Expanded Polystyrene), El Corte Inglés and Total Petrochemicals Ibérica. COEXPAN's contribution to the EPS-SURE project will be a key element in verifying the functionality of the new formulations obtained in compliance with the customary quality standards of the food sector, analysing their thermoformability, their ability to preserve different food types and their safe use as a suitable material for direct food contact. The project has a budget of 1.5 million euro for the next three years, and has been awarded a European Commission grant through the LIFE+ programme.