The safe delivery of products to consumers' homes heavily depends on expanded polystyrene (EPS) used in packaging. EPS buffers are key to protect large, heavy and fragile goods during production, transportation and storage, including small appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment.
The proposed EPS ban in France would restrict the use of styrenic polymers or co-polymers in packaging starting from 1 January 2025, unless these can be integrated into a recycling system.
APPLiA, Eurovent and LightingEurope outlined the key concerns around the French proposal in a joint industry letter to Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius:
Our industries are committed to working towards a future where EPS packaging is recycled effectively, minimising environmental impact while supporting our industry's growth.