Styrofoam has lately made headlines. The reason? A new, passed convention by the EU, that will also cause consequences in Germany, since old insulation Styrofoam is now harder to dispose of than special waste. One ton of real special waste costs less than 2.000€ when disposed of — sorted Styrofoam costs 7.000€.
Up to 2014, Styrofoam has been greatly enriched with the fire inhibitor HBCR and is now considered as a persistent, organic pollutant (POP).
Even if recycled Styrofoam, which is also reused in packaging, can still be detected within some cases of HBCR.
If they stick to the current regulation, Styrofoam will be hardly recyclable and won’t be allowed to be deposited.