Expanded Polystyrene Australia - February 2015
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Welcome to 2016 and to the February edition of the EPSA newsletter. 

Breaking news in this edition is in regards to HBCD use in Europe and companies being granted authorisations to use HBCD, we have further explained the situation below our welcome. 

The board are attending EPSA's annual strategic planning meeting in May, if you have anything you would like us to consider as your association, please send through to

We have an exciting year ahead and look forward to working closely with you all throughout. 

Becher Townshend
Executive Director 

HBCD use approved for extension in Europe   

Due to concerns about adequate availability of ‘Poly FR’, a submission requesting an extension of time to allow ongoing use of HBCD in EPS and XPS resin manufacture and use in moulded parts for construction has been granted with a sunset date of end August 2017.

The official release stated: "The European Commission has grants authorisations to 13 companies for two uses of the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). These cover the formulation of flame-retarded expanded polystyrene (EPS) to solid unexpanded pellets using HBCDD as the additive and the production of flame-retarded EPS articles, for use in building applications in both cases.
Authorisation holders are required to submit a report to the Commission on a three-monthly basis on the available quantities of the polymeric flame retardant on the market and on the progress towards substitution of HBCDD. The review period for authorisations ends on 21 August 2017."

In Australia, EPSA and PACIA continues to work with the Department of Environment on the Australian ratification process. This decision reinforces the need for the Australian process to remain mindful of adequate supply availability of ‘Poly FR’ for the Asia region manufacturers of EPS & XPS resin.

Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products - update

As you all may know, EPSA lodged a submission to the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products. 

We have recently requested a progress update from the inquiry, and have been informed the committee has been granted an extension until March 2016. 

To keep up-to-date on the inquiry, click here

Would you like to become an associate member of EPSA?

Do you recycle EPS? Then you are eligible to become an associate member and participate in furthering the aims of EPSA.  

For more information email

Opinion of EPS is rising 

Plastics Today has published an article about a recent German survey which has shown that 54 per cent of their public now see EPS packaging (alternatively known as 'airpop' in a positive light. 

To read the full article, click here

Chewing gum found to help EPS recycling

Chewing gum solvent has been found to help with the recycling of EPS.

The Europen Union Program for Research and Innovation has developed an innovative, cose-effective and green method for recycling EPS packaging.
To read more on this, click here

Waste Expo 2016

This October, Victoria's Waste Expo is on again. Being held at the Melbourne Convention Center on the 4th, 5th and 6th October. 

For more information, click here

Recycled single-use EPS  

A recycler in the US has won approval to produce recycled EPS for single-use food related EPS. 

To read the article, click here.  

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