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Quality & environment

The environment is part of the solution

At Styropack, we see it as our responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of packaging and to consider the environment in every aspect.

  • Development of new packaging

  • Reduction and disposal of residual waste

  • Open cooperation with the authorities

We have the environmental impact situation under control

EPS consists of 94% polystyrene and 6% pentane.

EPS is a plastic product extracted through oil refining.

In EPS, the styrene is in the form of polystyrene, which is an inactive compound. This means that styrene is not released during foaming and moulding.

When cutting into EPS with a filament, small amounts of styrene may be released, but these are far below the exposure limit stipulated by the Danish Working Environment Authority.

Pentane is used as a blowing agent in the EPS raw material. Most of the pentane evaporates from the material shortly after foaming. Pentane is a naturally occurring compound, which is converted into CO2 and water vapour by sunlight.

The end EPS product does not release pentane, and contains 98% air and 2% polystyrene.

 

The environmental impact of production

The EPS raw material is expanded (foamed) with water vapour to the desired density. It is then moulded in aluminium moulds with the further addition of water vapour. The only environmental impact of production is thus the consumption of energy (gas and electricity) for the machines used in the foaming and moulding process.

Surplus heat from production is used as heating at the company.

Styropack A/S' key figures relating to natural gas and electricity have decreased steadily since 2001.

The dye used for screen printing is water-based, thus avoiding the use of solvents in the working environment.

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EPS can be recycled – and incinerated at the end of its working life.

EPS places no greater strain on the environment than cardboard and other plastic materials, for example.

EPS can be recycled and incinerated. In the EU, the goal is to recycle 22.5% of plastic packaging annually.

Today, plastic products account for 5% of the total global oil consumption.

In Western Europe, plastic waste represents 7% of all waste. EPS constitutes 1.5% of this plastic waste.

The majority of the industrialised countries have introduced EPS disposal and return schemes.

Recycling of used EPS

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Recycling of clean EPS

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EPS is collected for recycling

Styropack takes part in several collection schemes. These are:

The Danish Plastics Federation, which offers the collection of used EPS from all Danish industrial companies signed up to the scheme.

STYREF, an organisation established by selected European EPS manufacturers for the collection of used EPS fish boxes in Germany.

EPS Gardentrays, which is an organisation established by selected European EPS manufacturers for the collection of used EPS horticultural packaging in Germany and the Benelux countries.

 

The environment is a high priority

Styropack prepares an environmental statement – The Environmental Network of Southern Denmark (Miljønetværk Syd).

We are committed to making continuous improvements in the field of occupational health and safety.

We have been awarded the green flag in recognition of our environmental work no fewer than five times – The Environmental Network of Southern Denmark (Miljønetværk Syd). In addition, we have been certified by Danish Standards to OHSAS 18001 since 2005.

 

High quality permeates the entire process from enquiry to delivery

Styropack supplies EPS and EPP products, where the quality must always meet your expectations, both when it comes to standard products and customised solutions.

The products undergo visual inspection before packing. If you have any requirements with regard to tolerances of items, we check these as well. For products sold as insulation, there are requirements for testing and control systems. If you require CE marking, we do this to the European standard DS/EN 13163. The CE marking includes a calculation of thermal conductivity.