The project EPS-FISH will recycle expanded polystyrene wastes from fresh fish packages finished in late December 2015 with good results. This project, developed by Acteco Productos Y Servicios, SL, with the assessment of Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Centre, has been funded by CDTI within the call EEA Grants.
The project’s target has been achieved by obtaining a recycled material with high quality and without odours from wastes of EPS boxes of fish and other sea products. These wastes were not usually recycled in Spain, nor in other European countries, since odour intensifies more when being pressed and retained to reduce the waste, due to an initial low intensity.
With the project implementation and by means of applying decontamination technologies and methodologies, the initial odour has been reduced, which allows one to obtain an adequate recycled material. To obtain this material, several techniques have been used, with good results – this involves pre-treatment of wastes, intensive washing and extrusion with supercritical fluids (sc-CO2).
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