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What is Polystyrene

February 06, 2020

Recycling polysterene to help polution control.


Polystyrene is one of the most widely used kinds of plastic. It is a thermoplastic substance; it melts if heated and becomes solid again when cool and has been used for over half a century because of its technical versatility, performance, and cost-effectiveness. It is an extremely lightweight material which is not surprising considering it is comprised of 98% air. This characteristic makes it ideal for use in packaging and bean bag fillings.

 

The Benefits of Recycling

  1. Once recycled and reprocessed, the polystyrene can be remolded. Instead of being discarded in a landfill, polystyrene can be collected, treated, taken to a factory, broken down and used to make new products.

 

It can be recycled up to 20 times without any damage to its physical properties, retaining its strength and durability. Recycling helps reduce pollution, free up landfill space and manage littering problems.

 

  1. The inclusion of plastic, including polystyrene, in waste and energy management, can also increase the demand for clean-burn technology – since polystyrene has a high caloric value to generate safe energy from waste.

How do I Recycle my Beans?

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) cannot be collected in your Council recycling service. However, there are collection centers all over Australia It is 100% recyclable and should never be sent to landfill.

Burning polystyrene on bonfires will release Carbon Monoxide and styrene monomers into the environment, which can be extremely hazardous to our health – Please avoid doing this.

So, if you no longer find your bean fillings useful, please consider the environment and recycle it.

Household quantities of polystyrene can be dropped off for recycling at the locations below. We recommend you contact the facilities prior to drop off to check addresses and opening hours.

Source: https://www.isowall.co.za/the-environmental-benefits-of-polystyrene-packaging/

Polystyrene Recyclers:

Western Australia

CLAW ENVIRONMENTAL

5 Forge Street

Welshpool

6106

T: (08) 9333 4888

http://www.clawenvironmental.com/

 

South Australia

COOLFOAM

25 Barfield Crescent

Elizabeth West

5113

T: (08) 8287 3666

 

Queensland

POLYSTAR PTY LTD

Unit 4, 130 Ingram Road

Acacia Ridge, Qld

T: (07) 3344 1034

http://www.polystar.net.au/

 

NRG BUILDING SYSTEMS

2/13-15 Octal Street

Yatala Qld

T: (07) 3382 7742

 

POLYSTYRENE RECYCLING QUEENSLAND

105 Colebard Street West

Acacia Ridge

4110

T: (07) 3277 9999

http://www.polyrecycleqld.com.au/

 

New South Wales

NRG BUILDING SYSTEMS

8/31 Lundberg Dr

Murwillumbah NSW

 

FOAMEX

31 Mavis Street Revesby

T: (02) 9773 1655

 

POLYFOAM

Factory 38, MFive Industry Park

1 Moorebank Ave, Moorebank

T: (02) 9734 9555

 

AGM RECYCLING ENVIRONMENTAL PTY LTD

5-7 Nicholas Street

Lidcombe

T: (02) 9643 0069

 

BREWER STREET DROP OFF POINT

Brewer Street Lismore

T: 1300 87 83 87

 

LISMORE RECYCLING AND RECOVERY CENTRE

313 Wyrallah Road

East Lismore

T: 1300 87 83 87

 

Victoria

GREENWHEEL RECYCLING

Factory 2 67 Proximity Drive,

Sunshine West, Vic, 3020

T: 1300 289 894

http://greenwheel.com.au/

 

UNIPOD ENGINEERING PERFORMANCE

Truganina site.

Access is via 8 Foundation Road,

Truganina, Victoria, 3029

T: +61 3 93945516

 

COMPLETE POD SOLUTIONS

17/21 Freight Drive

Somerton 3062

T: (03) 9308 8455

ANDPAK

731/733 Koorlong Avenue

Irymple 3498

T: (03) 5024 5819

 

FOAMEX

31-33 Gatwick Road

Bayswater North 3153

T: (03) 9720 4200

 

POLYFOAM

32 Dandenong Street

Dandenong 3175

T: (03) 9794 8320

 

NATIONAL POLYSTYRENE SYSTEMS

329 AT Albans Road

Sunshine 3020

T: (03) 8326 8080

 

BROOKLYN TRANSFER STATION

12 Old Geelong Road

Brooklyn 3012

T: (03) 9314 2297

 

BOROONDARA RECYCLING AND WASTE CENTRE

648 Riversdale Road

Camberwell 3124

T: (03) 9278 4444

 

 

 

MOONE VALLEY CITY COUNCIL TRANSFER STATION

188 Holmes Road

Aberfeldie 3040

T: (03) 8325 1730

 

TASMANIA

POLYFOAM

113 Cove Hill Road

Bridgewater 7030

T: (03) 6263 6900

 

LAUNCESTON WASTE CENTRE

Calvary Road

Mowbray 7248

T: (03) 6323 3000