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Styrofoam is heat-reduced into ingot-shaped products.
​Own recycling method 
J-EPS recycling
Born in Tsukiji, Japan.



Over 45 years, we have recycled more than 1.5 million tons of polystyrene foam.

The 100% pure polystyrene ingot, which has been heat-reduced to 1/50 by a dedicated styrene foam recycling machine, has been internationally recognized as a recycled plastic product in Japan for 45 years, and was once used as a material for VHS video tapes. It is traded domestically and internationally as a raw material for toys, and today picture frames and insulation materials.
In addition, the system of reducing the volume and turning it into ingots using a dedicated processing machine at the waste generation site is attracting attention around the world as a solution to polystyrene foam, which is considered to be difficult to dispose of worldwide.



Recycling method that Japan is proud of connect to the future

Styrofoam recycling, which began at the Tsukiji market 45 years ago, has been adopted by 2,000 companies nationwide and has become a large recycling cycle that produces 3,000 tons per month. just. The road was by no means smooth.



For manufacturing foam ingots
Optimal dedicated processing machine

Since Styrofoam expands 50 times, it must be made into an ingot by separating foreign matter and thermally reducing it using a dedicated recycling processor. Over the past 45 years, we have developed advanced technologies such as various foreign matter separation technologies and low-temperature volume reduction technologies, and we have provided dedicated processing machines that match the amount of material and site conditions.

An honor student in resource plastic recycling in Japan

J-EPS recyclinghas been introduced as an advanced example of environmental business by the Ministry of the Environment.


Pana Chemical Co., Ltd. (hereafter, the company) was founded as a chemical material agent for Matsushita Electric Works Co., Ltd. (currently Panasonic), and entered the waste polystyrene recycling business in the wake of the oil crisis. Immediately after the company was founded, when it became difficult to purchase products due to the oil crisis, he saw smoke rising from the chimneys of Tsukiji Market and came up with the idea of turning polystyrene recycling into a business.

The company has established a business model in which it installs processing facilities on-site at the expense of the waste generator, purchases post-processed plastic for a fee, and exports it to Hong Kong and Taiwan as recycled raw materials. Currently, it boasts an 80% share of the industry for polystyrene foam recycling, and is also developing a recycling business for other plastics.

control marine plastic
as a technology

J-EPS recycling was introduced to the Economic Research Center for East Asia and ASEAN as a material recycling technology that suppresses marine plastics.


Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), an international organization and think tank in Asia ), which is regarded as a representative resource plastic, and our expanded polystyrene recycling (J-EPS recycling) was selected and introduced as Japan's first material recycling technology to control marine plastic. I decided to In addition, our representative Inukai took the stage as one of the four panelists at the webinar hosted by the center.

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) / 16 East Asian countries (10 ASEAN member countries) for the purpose of conducting policy research and policy advocacy activities that contribute to economic integration , Japan, China, South Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand) based on the agreement of the leaders of the world, and was established in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008.

​Introduced in many media

Our achievements in Styrofoam recycling have been highly evaluated and taken up by our suppliers and the media.

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Support poster for J-EPS recycling

About 40 years ago, the world's first, Japan's unique Styrofoam recycling system began at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo. Thanks to the efforts of the people involved over the years, this system has grown into a nationwide Styrofoam recycling system with 2,000 companies nationwide, 30,000 tons per year, and an industry share of 80%. I was. We areTo support those who take pride in recycling, we have prepared a poster for you to download for free.Please use it to spread awareness of J-EPS recycling, which Japan is proud of.


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Feel free to contact us about J-EPS recycling

Pana Chemical Co., Ltd.

TEL 0120-15-8793


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