The project

The project

Main LIFE EPS-SURE Project aim is to provide a solution in a technically and environmentally-viable and economically-profitable way, to successfully recycle EPS fish boxes into new PS food contact packaging. The project has a budget of 1.467.076€, with a 59,37% EU contribution. It will last for 3 years (01-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun -2020). Environmental and Governance LIFE16 ENV/ES/000258

Main characteristics of the Project


EPS fish boxes are used for the storage and collection of fresh products like fish, thanks to its excellent insulation properties, protection and food safety.

100% Recyclable

These boxes are 100% recyclable. Nevertheless, a large number of them still go to landfill all over Europe (45-50% in Europe, 55 -60% in Spain).


The aim of the Project is to close the loop by providing a technically and environmentally-viable and economically-profitable solution to successfully recycle EPS fish boxes waste into new PS food contact packaging.


This Project provides a complete solution along the value chain, where a successfully management of one of the most difficult packaging waste flows is proved.

Main actions
  • Defining a sustainable model to collect, transport and recycle EPS fish boxes, so they can be converted into PS pellets for the manufacture of food contact packaging.
  • Implementing procedures and good practices for EPS fish boxes waste management: collection logistics, storage, pre-treatment (compaction, briquetting, washing) and recycling.
  • Set-up of a demonstrative pilot plant in order to produce PS pellets from recycled EPS fish boxes waste.
  • Development of a pilot plant in order to produce PS sheets with different concentrations of recycled and virgin PS, to produce food contact packaging as its final aim.
EPS-SURE in European platforms

European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

The European Commission
LIFE & the EU Plastics Strategy

Project Beneficiaries

External Advisory Board
The External Advisory Board (EAB) is an external body that provides strategic advice to the LIFE EPS SURE Consortium in order to achieve the project objectives. Members of the EAB are European Experts who share their expertise in order to replicate and transfer the EPS-SURE methodology to other European countries.

Mr. Josep María Tost,
Director ARC and President of ACR+
(Catalonia, Spain, EU)

Mr. Paolo Garbagna,
Vice President

Mr. David Emes,
Chairman of EPS Group

Mr. Massimo Pavavidino,
General Manager

Mr. Joaquim Quoden,
Managing Director

Contribution to the European Politics

The development of this project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE16 ENV/ES/000258]

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