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EPS Industry Secures Pivotal Win with UN Science Report in Plastic Treaty Talks

By May 6, 2024Media1 min read

News Article by Plastics News | 3rd May 2024 

EPS industry says new UN science report gives it a win for treaty talks

The article discusses a significant development in the United Nations (UN) plastics treaty talks, specifically concerning expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging used in transportation. The updated UN science report now recognises EPS transport packaging as being successfully recycled “in practice, at scale,” similar to PET bottles, a classification that could potentially exempt EPS from being listed as a problematic plastic application in future treaty discussions.

Industry representatives, particularly from the EPS sector, view this recognition as a pivotal moment, potentially altering perceptions about the recyclability of EPS packaging. The EPS Industry Alliance in the U.S. and the European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene Association (EUMEPS) express satisfaction with the acknowledgment from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), emphasising that EPS transport packaging is indeed recycled widely and effectively.

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