EPS is our Past, Present, and Future

This company, which began as a distributor of chemical materials for Matsushita Electric Works (now Panasonic Corporation), witnessed the vast quantities of expanded polystyrene (EPS) that were being discarded at Tsukiji Market, and set up a circular recycling system that, over the years, has grown to dominate 80% of the national market and processes 30,000 metric tons a year.
The recycling system, in which EPS is heated and compressed into ingots, and for which we were named one of the leading recyclers in Japan, is a method original to Japan, and receives high praise even overseas. We call it “J-EPS Recycling,” and it continues to be part of the foundation that underpins the global plastic resource recycling industry.

J-EPS recycling

J-EPS Recycling®:
a pioneering recycling technology by Pana-Chemical

A stable supply of EPS blocks, sourced from a loyal supply base cultivated over decades.

Pana-Chemical’s EPS recycling operation began at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo in 1978. It was the first of its kind in Japan. We were providing recycling machines and collecting the compressed EPS blocks from the very beginning. Our supply base took decades to cultivate and allows us to provide a stable supply of recycled plastic. Please consult us if you are considering using resource plastic.

  • of experience in
    recycling resource plastic
  • of EPS collected to date
  • Market Share
    of EPS recycling in Japan

For over 40 years, we have worked with our customers to make circular recycling an enduring reality.

  • Our first recycling machine installed at Tsukiji Market

  • EPS recycling with a demonstration vehicle

  • Increased demand prompts expansion overseas

  • Our recycling system boasts an 80% market share

Main Products

All blocks contain 100% recycled polystyrene, but sizes may vary according to the type of machine used.

Plastic fit for sale is sold as “resource plastic.”
Strict Management of Resource Plastic Exports

Pana-Chemical is based in Tokyo, operates 13 warehouses across Japan, and cooperates with more than 100 processing centers. Processed resource plastic is strictly managed by Pana-Chemical until it is exported to the customer.

Pana-Chemical in the News

プラスチックリサイクルビレッジ

Pana-Chemical has been commended by its suppliers and the media for enduring in an industry in which economic pressures have forced many companies out of business. It has also received many awards for its achievements.

Media Appearances
• TV: NHK, TV Tokyo, TBS, Tokyo MX
• Newspapers: The Nikkei, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, The Chemical Daily
• Magazines: Nikkei Business, Diamond Weekly, Toyo Keizai, Nikkei Ecology
• Poplar Publishing Supplementary Reader • “White Paper on Manufacturing Industries,” “Recycling and the World Economy.”
Awards
• 1st Plastic Recycling Council Chairman’s Award
• WASTEC Award 2006
• Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Excellence in Business Award
• Tokyo Association of Shinkin Banks Excellent Company Award.

We promise to continue as pioneers to sustain the EPS recycling industry.
Please contact us if you are interested in our operation.