Recycling polystyrene

​Thanks to a Recycling Infrastructure Grant from Green Industries SA, we are now able to offer free polystyrene recycling at the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre.

To recycle polystyrene:

  • Remove all stickers and tape
  • Keep it in one piece
  • Choose white, clean, and dry materials

The polystyrene will be put through a Poly Baler machine, which heats and melts the expanded foam, allowing it to be formed into a solid brick. Bricks are recycled and repurposed into new products.

Left: staff process polystyrene
through the Poly Baler machine

​What you CAN recycle
​What you CANNOT recycle
  • ​Clean, white and dry packaging
  • Packaging from appliances
  • Clean, white fruit and vegetable boxes
  • ​Wet or dirty materials
  • Coloured polystyrene
  • Food packaging like meat trays
  • Tape or strapping
  • Bean bag beans
  • Foam peanut-shaped packaging
  • Plastic or foam wrapping
  • Labels or stickers
Examples of acceptable polystyrene
Examples of unacceptable polystyrene and foam

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