Why Recycling Polystyrene Is So Important

XPS can be made from recycled EPS packaging

The need for society to embrace recycling and reduce waste is greater than ever as the world struggles with a widening array of environmental issues.

Thanks to the initiative spearheaded by StyroCycle, we are rapidly increasing the rate of polystyrene recycling across Australia.

In 2023 alone, we managed to recycle foam packaging to the extent that we diverted as much as 128.72 tonnes of expanded polystyrene waste away from landfills, saving as much as 515 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the process.

However, this is only a part of what we have achieved. The actual number is significantly higher because, with the assistance of our numerous recycling partners, we also make it possible for massive commercial volumes of polystyrene to be recycled.

These kinds of figures highlight progress being made and the tangible benefits of polystyrene recycling, which is why we’re expanding our initiative by adding six more locations across Australia in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania in 2024.

 

EPS tonnes diverted from landfill and carbon emissions saved

 

Polystyrene Recycling Reduces Emissions

The 515 tonnes of CO2 emissions that StyroCycle managed to save through dedicated individual polystyrene users alone highlight the environmental significance of recycling this material.

In addition, we can help reduce emissions by converting consumer packaging waste into raw materials for products like extruded polystyrene (XPS) sheets, a useful insulation material for under slab and perimeter-edge insulation in energy-efficient buildings. This contributes to mitigating climate change because fewer emissions are produced through recycling than through the production of virgin materials. Also, insulation leads to lower overall energy consumption.

Through recycling, we align our efforts with Australia’s commitment to sustainability and the pursuit of a greener future.

 

Polystyrene Recycling Reduces Landfill Waste

We should make an effort to use landfills as little as possible because they are a finite resource and a blight on the environment. Because of its slow decomposition rate, non-recycled polystyrene can cause overfilling and environmental damage.

Since this presents a big obstacle for conventional waste disposal, recycling initiatives like ours are crucial in tackling the problem head-on.

By recycling expanded polystyrene, we can provide a viable solution to reducing the burden on landfills. With the initiative expanding, we believe that the cumulative effect of diverting polystyrene and waste will play a key role in helping to ensure a more sustainable waste management system in Australia.

 

Extruded polystyrene (XPS) can be made from recycled styrofoam packaging and used as a construction material

 

Polystyrene Recycling Fosters A Circular Economy

Recycling polystyrene by granulating it and converting it back into raw material allows us to create a closed-loop system that not only reduces demand for virgin materials but also creates jobs through a responsible and circular approach.

These recycled materials can then be used to create insulation materials that further contribute to a reduction in energy expenditure, resulting in businesses and consumers alike becoming integral players in the combat against climate change and facilitating a much more sustainable supply chain.

All together, this contributes to a more healthy environment and a more sustainable economy.

To become part of StyroCycle’s efforts to recycle foam packaging, contact us today and be a part of the solution! Take action now.

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