It’s estimated that in Australia more than 40,335 tons of expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging is thrown away every year. The Plastics and Chemical Industry Association (PACIA) found only 2,775 tons of EPS was collected and recycled in Australia during 2011-2012. That’s only a 6.9% recycle rate!
When thrown out, polystyrene does not break down and takes up precious space in landfill. Polystyrene is easily blown by the wind, ending up as litter in the environment where it can harm animals and marine life.
Polystyrene can’t be recycled from your kerbside recycling bin. But now you can help the environment and recycle polystyrene. Residents and small business can now drop-off expanded polystyrene for recycling at locations across Melbourne. Once collected, your polystyrene will be recycled and re-manufactured into domestic building products.