EPS Cycle: EPS – 100% recyclable – in a closed cycle

January 30, 2023

The protected trademark “EPS Cycle” (initiated by the German EPS Association (IVH)) makes it clear: EPS insulating materials are 100% recyclable. Anyone who builds their house today and installs EPS insulation can be sure: If you want to remove the insulation material after it has been in use for 50 years or longer (this corresponds to the renovation phase of a house, the insulation material itself lasts longer) EPS can be 100 percent recycled.

Various recycling routes are possible: EPS can be recycled mechanically. The resulting regranulates can be fed back into production. It has been common practice for years for EPS insulation materials to contain a certain proportion of recyclates. These come from EPS packaging waste or from the building sites, because the built-in insulating materials are still in the usage phase. For many years, the EPS converters have been taking back the cuttings left over from the attachment of the EPS insulation.

For the EPS manufacturers, production residues are not waste, but a valuable asset. The production sections created on the cutting lines are automatically collected by belts, pre-crushed, ground and conveyed to a regrind silo by fans.

The EPS Cycle companies thus make an important and demonstrable contribution to resource conservation. Only the members of the German (IVH), Danish (EPS-branchen – en del af Plastindustrien)  and Dutch (Stybenex) EPS Associations are allowed to make use of recycling system EPS Cycle. It is expected that other EU-members will follow soon.


Learn where to recycle EPS by locating the take back and recycle facilities in the map feature or by browsing through our lists on this page. We hope that this resource will help make it convenient for you to recycle your EPS and contribute to a more sustainable future.


Recycling, upcycling, downcycling, circular economy, reuse, recycling, etc. There are many terms, so what does it really mean that EPS is 100% recyclable. We take a closer look at that here.


For a National Association to join EPS Cycle it is required to meet minimum requirements for the take-back system. In some countries the take-back system may have additional requirements.