Polystyrene and polyethylene recycling
There are two types we can recycle, expanded polystyrene (EPS) and expanded polyethylene (EPE). These materials contaminate mixed recycling bins and do not break down in landfill. However, through a specialised separate collection both can be recycled. Material is sent to a local processing facility where it is compressed and shipped to local or overseas manufacturers for recycling.
What can be recycled?
EPS and EPE material must be collected separately, ensuring it is clean and dry with all contaminants removed (e.g stickers, food, tape, strapping).
Expanded polystyrene (EPS)
EPS is a rigid material coloured or white often used for packaging or insulating food, furniture, laboratory supplies and medical glassware.
Examples of EPS packaging.
Expanded polyethylene (EPE)
EPE is a flexible material often black or white used for packaging various items including furniture and electronic goods.
Examples of EPE packaging.
What can not be recycled?
No meat trays or similar food packaging.
No peanut shaped loose foam packaging.
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