AIPE’s Role in Advancing EPS Recycling within the Circular Economy

In the pur­suit of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, EUMEPS mem­ber and Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion of Expand­ed Poly­styrene (AIPE) has become a piv­otal force in pro­pelling Expand­ed Poly­styrene (EPS) to the fore­front of the cir­cu­lar econ­o­my. AIPE’s inno­v­a­tive projects and strate­gic part­ner­ships show­cased at the recent Ecomon­do expo high­light the trans­for­ma­tive poten­tial of EPS in fos­ter­ing both envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nom­ic sus­tain­abil­i­ty.


Catalysing Change: AIPE’s Inno­v­a­tive EPS Recy­cling Initiatives

AIPE’s ded­i­ca­tion to envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship is man­i­fest in its trail­blaz­ing projects that reimag­ine EPS recy­cling. “The extend­ed respon­si­bil­i­ty of waste man­age­ment is not an oblig­a­tion for our indus­try, it is a com­mit­ment that guides our invest­ments, as well as sev­er­al projects and ini­tia­tives,” asserts Alessan­dro Augel­lo, AIPE pres­i­dent. The “EPS Por­to a Por­to” project exem­pli­fies this com­mit­ment, tar­get­ing the recu­per­a­tion of EPS fish crates in port areas, there­by mit­i­gat­ing marine lit­ter and under­scor­ing the eco­nom­ic via­bil­i­ty of recycling.

Addi­tion­al­ly, AIPE’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Milan Fish Mar­ket has rev­o­lu­tionised waste man­age­ment in com­mer­cial set­tings, estab­lish­ing a mod­el for EPS recy­cling that res­onates with busi­ness­es and con­sumers alike. “With this tar­get, AIPE is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the insti­tu­tion­al play­er COREPLA – the Nation­al Con­sor­tium for the col­lec­tion and recy­cling of plas­tic pack­ages,” Augel­lo notes, empha­siz­ing the strate­gic alliance aimed at ampli­fy­ing EPS recy­cling initiatives.


Unit­ing for a Sus­tain­able Future: AIPE and Corepla’s Partnership

This col­lab­o­ra­tion seeks to fos­ter the sus­tain­abil­i­ty and recy­cling of EPS by shar­ing the suc­cess­ful projects launched in recent years. “EPS por­to a Por­to” for the recov­ery of EPS box­es for fish­ing in port areas, the ini­tia­tive with the Milan Fish Mar­ket for the col­lec­tion and recy­cling of fish box­es in a com­mer­cial area, and the project “L’EPS si dif­feren­zia” for the selec­tion and recov­ery of EPS pack­ag­ing through munic­i­pal com­pa­nies and some large-scale retail trade (GDO) in the food, house­hold appli­ances, and fur­ni­ture sec­tors, are all tes­ta­ments to this effort.

Fur­ther­more, the part­ner­ship with COREPLA is piv­otal in pro­mot­ing the cul­ture of EPS col­lec­tion and recy­cling through aware­ness-rais­ing activ­i­ties addressed to cit­i­zens and munic­i­pal­i­ties. AIPE’s role in influ­enc­ing pol­i­cy and con­sumer atti­tudes towards EPS has been instru­men­tal in rein­forc­ing Italy’s lead­ing role in recy­cling and cham­pi­oning the shift towards a cir­cu­lar econ­o­my on a glob­al stage.


Spear­head­ing the Jour­ney to a Green­er Tomorrow

EPS indeed is a unique mate­r­i­al for its char­ac­ter­is­tics of light­ness, shock-absorb­ing, and ther­mal insu­la­tion prop­er­ties; it is irre­place­able for many appli­ca­tions, but above all, is sus­tain­able because it can be recy­cled com­plete­ly and infi­nite times,” con­cludes Augel­lo. AIPE stands as a bea­con of proac­tive envi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance, with its involve­ment in EPS recy­cling set­ting a prece­dent for sus­tain­able practices.

By mobil­is­ing dif­fer­ent sec­tors of soci­ety, AIPE has laid the foun­da­tion for a cir­cu­lar econ­o­my that regards mate­ri­als like EPS as long-last­ing resources, not mere waste. The jour­ney of AIPE in the realm of EPS recy­cling serves as an inspir­ing tem­plate for sus­tain­able mate­ri­als man­age­ment, illus­trat­ing that a green­er future is with­in reach when com­mit­ment, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and inno­va­tion con­verge. AIPE’s actions affirm that unit­ed efforts and shared vision are key to advanc­ing envi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and resource efficiency.

AuthorIngrid Morin