Rigid polystyrene (PS) – for example, yoghurt tubs – is just polystyrene plastic, with no air bubbles added. This is much easier to recycle, and can simply be melted and moulded into new containers and other products.
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polystyrene foam – the white “bubbly” plastic frames often used in packaging for furniture or electronic goods – is actually up to 98% air, and as little as 2% plastic. As a result, it is quite difficult to transport and recycle efficiently and economically.
In Australia, SUEZ recycles polystyrene and provides recyclable plastic collections. You can find more information about SUEZ plastic recycling services here.
Please visit our locations page to find a public drop-off facility near you or check your local council.