EPS is ready for the future
100% closed loop material cycle becomes reality for the EPS industry.
Europe's first reference plant for a solvent-based processing of EPS (=Porozell, Styropor, airpop) and XPS (=extruded polystyrene) with an annual capacity of 3,000t is currently built in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.
The project "PolyStyreneLoop", which is based on the "CreaSolv®-Process" and initiated by meanwhile 74 manufacturers (HIRSCH Porozell is one of them ) and partners from the entire value chain, is in the home stretch. Not only contaminated construction site waste can be processed, but also old insulation materials with the flame retardant HBCD, which may no longer be produced in the EU since 2016. The valuable bromine contained in HBCD is recovered and reused.
The construction work is progressing rapidly. The recycling plant is scheduled to start up in May 2021, with the operation starting in July 2021.
The best recycling concept for insulating materials becomes reality
EPS will be completely produced in the recycling economy by 2050. Once installed, insulating materials can be used for up to 100 years before they are reused and become the raw material of the future. This is achieved by mechanical recycling or the CreaSolv®-Process. This means that from 2050 on, the entire raw material demand should be covered and no further fossil raw materials are needed.
How the CreaSolv®-Process works is explained in a simple video animation.