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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes are widely used throughout the seafood industry for transporting all types of chilled products due to their thermal, shockproof and waterproof properties. However, for many seafood processors or wholesale markets, the disposal of used polystyrene fi shboxes can be an expensive and difficult problem. But there are alternatives to simply throwing whole EPS boxes in the bin. Used EPS fishboxes are being successfully and profitably recycled throughout the UK. This document describes various options for the disposal or recycling of used EPS and provides a list of contacts and agencies who can give further assistance.
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations will require some large fish business to maintain detailed records of packaging handled and to be responsible for the recovery and recycling of some packaging waste. The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations define certain design features that must be incorporated into all packaging in order to reduce its environmental impact.