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Definition and development of functional barriers for the use of recycled materials in multilayer food packaging


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LIFE EPS-SURE Project launches new website

A R&D&i project, Life EPS?SURE, to turn used polystyrene fish containers into new food contact packaging has launched its website and will allow users to find information on the project.

The project, launched in July 2017, aims to divert boxes made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) commonly used for packaging, transport, and displaying fresh products such as fish from landfill.

It will demonstrate that it is possible to manufacture recycled polystyrene (rPS) with suitable quality to satisfy the high demanding requirements for applications in food contact packs.


The project received a LIFE grant from the European Union of €1.5 million and is running from July 2017 – 2020.

Coordinated by Spain-based non-profit organisation, Cicloplast, the other project partners include Anape, Coexpan, Cicloplast, El Corte Inglés and Total Petrochemicals.

The EPS SURE project will be developed in Spain with the expectation to transfer and replicate the results in other European countries.

It is estimated that the number of EPS boxes sent to landfill in Europe could be reduced by 80 per cent by promoting recycling.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606572].

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