Is polystyrene a good insulator?
  • Polystyrene is used as an insulator it has  small air bubbles trapped inside. This makes it a very good insulator because heat energy can’t flow through them.
Can polystyrene be recycled?
  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is one of the few materials that can truly claim to be 100% recyclable.
How to Dispose of Polystyrene?
  • Remove all debris and food from the Polystyrene
  • Separate the Polystyrene from other recyclables
  • Click here to find a polystyrene recycler in your area
Is polystyrene environmentally friendly?
  • Despite what you may have heard, expanded polystyrene (EPS) is environmentally friendly. Made from 98% air, no toxic substances are used in the manufacture of EPS and it is 100% recyclable.
Using polystyrene on building sites?

The Plastics NZ Expanded Polystyrene Sector Group is keen to help builders tackle on-site issue. Members realise that there is an underlying need to inform and educate site managers and staff.

Download the Building Site Information Sheets.

Learn about the NZ Building Site Recycling Service