Recycling Airpop in New Zealand

Airpop is used in many different ways – from packaging to protection to construction systems. Made of 98% air, only 2% of any Airpop product is man-made. And that 2% is fully recyclable, right here in New Zealand.

Recycled Airpop is used to form new products such as pens, coat hangers, picture frames and engineered timbers.

There are currently many locations around the country that provide access to Airpop recycling services. Many of these recycling providers also offer pick up and drop off services, to ensure you can recycle hassle-free. They are also committed to environmentally sound recycling processes, and ensuring that Airpop can be recycled and re-used many times over.

Find your nearest recycling station below.

Some Tips for Recycling EPS

New Zealand’s Airpop industry is committed to reducing environmental impact. Help us look after our environment by following these simple guidelines:

  • Store and transport Airpop in securely covered bags or bins
  • Avoid cutting or breaking Airpop into pieces to reduce the spread of dust or any broken pieces
  • Ensure storage bags or bins are free from any general rubbish
  • Secure product offcuts to ensure they don’t blow away

Airpop recyclers are unable to accept:

  • Contaminated polystyrene – containing food, organic matter or construction debris
  • Coloured polystyrene
  • Strapping
  • Plastic film or foam wrapping
  • Peanut shaped loose foam packaging
  • Labels or tape

Advice for households

New Zealand Councils do not accept Airpop for kerbside recycling, so please do not place it into your Council recycling bin. Instead, we recommend that you return any unwanted Airpop product or packaging to the point of purchase for the retailer to recycle. If you have ordered the product online, you could contact one of the providers listed below.

New Zealand Airpop recycling facilities:

Find an Airpop Recycler

New Zealand recycling facilities that accept Expanded Polystyrene

REGION CONTACT DROPOFF PICKUP REQUIREMENTS
Alexandra Wastebusters
03 448 9948
Boundary Rd
Alexandra
admin@wastebusters.co.nz
Drop off : $7.50, Pickup $15 per wool bag/can be mixed and will be sorted. White polystyrene but trying to avoid cheap low density as it melts in the compressor machine.
Wanaka Wastebusters
03 443 8606
Corner Riverbank and Ballantyne Road,
Wanaka
admin@wastebusters.co.nz
Drop off : $7.50, Pickup $15 per wool bag/can be mixed and will be sorted. White polystyrene but trying to avoid cheap low density as it melts in the compressor machine.
Dunedin Waste Management
0800 10 10 10
13 Industrial Place, Oamaru
https://www.wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email via website
No dropoffs unless direct to recycling plant. Contact via website to get pricing for pickups, cleaned.
Nelson/Tasman Hope Moulded Packaging
41 Aniseed Valley Road
Richmond, Nelson
03 544 5090
info@hmp.co.nz
Please arrange a time for drop off. Free ‘drop off’ to our factory of ‘clean’ polystyrene that is bagged. Pickup of ‘bulk bags’ (which we supply) at a cost of $25.00 each
Blenheim/Marlborough EXPOL Blenhiem
12 Woodmoor Rd, Blenheim
Phone: +64 (3) 578 4874
Fax: + 64 (3) 578 2553
si.sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Christchurch/Canterbury Hugh McEwan
03 341 9147
0800 10 10 10
Waste Management
301 Marshs Rd, Hornby South,
Christchurch 7676
https://www.wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email via website
No dropoffs unless direct to recycling plant. Contact via website to get pricing for pickups, cleaned.
Otago Waste Management
0800 10 10 10
13 Industrial Place, Oamaru
https://www.wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email via website
No dropoffs unless direct to recycling plant. Contact via website to get pricing for pickups, cleaned.
Invercargill/Southland Southland Disability Enterprises via
yellow wheelie bins
03 214 6188
28 Ettrick St, West Invercargill,
Invercargill 9812
http://www.sde.org.nz/
Email via website
No drop off fee but will be a fee for accepting the waste. Pickup : $20 standard pickup but depends on size
Christchurch EXPOL Christchurch
10 March Pl, Belfast
Phone: +64 (3) 323 6540
Fax: +64 (3) 323 8291
si.sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Christchurch EXPOL Christchurch
91 Izone Dr, Rolleston
Phone: +64 (3) 347 8249
Fax: +64 (3) 347 8225
si.sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Christchurch - EXPOL Recycling Cubes Available for recycling domestic
polystyrene at:
Mitre 10 Mega Papanui
Simply go into store and ask to be directed to the EXPOL Recycling Cube. This collection point is only for domestic polystyrene waste. The polystyrene must be clean and contain no other contamination.
Cromwell EXPOL Cromwell
31 McNulty Rd, Cromwell
Phone: +64 (3) 445 8414
si.sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Oamaru Waste Management
0800 888 278
13 Industrial Place, Oamaru
https://www.wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email: enquiries@wastemanagement.co.nz
REGION CONTACT DROPOFF PICKUP REQUIREMENTS
Auckland Waste Management -
Auckland Recycling
Maurice Road,
Penrose,
Auckland
09 636 7599
Drop off and collection services available. Drop off by appointment only. This is a paid service – please call Waste Management for current pricing.
Abilities Incorporated
Phone 0272292250
Address 91 Hillside Rd, Glenfield,
Auckland 0627
Website http://www.abilities.co.nz/
Email peterf@abilities.co.nz
Drop off is $20 a cubic meter, price varies for pickup
Croxley Recycling
9 Astley Ave, New Lynn,
Auckland 0600
0800 180160
http://www.croxleyrecycling.co.nz/collection-process
Drop off charge 40c - 85c a kilo - if it is clean and delivered - Pick up also available. Email for pricing
Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre
Phone- 09 301 0101
Address- 50 The Concourse, Henderson,
Auckland 0610
No Drop off has minimum charge $90, no pickup
Whangaparāoa Community Recycling Centre
Phone- 0800 426 5169
Address- 637 Whangaparaoa Road,
Stanmore Bay
Website- www.hibiscuscoastzerowaste.com/
Email-hibiscuscoastzerowaste@gmail.com
No Price varies for Drop off, no pickup
JJ International Ltd
Phone- (09) 427 8964, 027 2747065
Address- 296 Duck Creek Road,
Stillwater, Silverdale
Website-
Email- john@jjintlltd.co.nz
No Price varies for Drop off, Large quantities only.
EXPOL Auckland
105 Captain Springs Rd, Onehunga, Auckland
Phone: +64 (9) 634 3449, 0800 86 33 73
Fax: +64 (9) 634 0756
sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Auckland - Expol Recycling Cubes Available for recycling domestic
polystyrene at:
Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn
Mitre 10 Mega Henderson
Mitre 10 Onehunga
Mitre 10 Botany
Mitre 10 Takanini
Western ITM Whenuapai
ITM Kumeu
Carters Te Rapa
Simply go into store and ask to be directed to the EXPOL Recycling Cube. This collection point is only for domestic polystyrene waste. The polystyrene must be clean and contain no other contamination.
Whakatane Waste Management
Phone- (07) 308 9190
Address- 44 Te Tahi St, Whakatane 3120
Website https://wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email- *contact form on the website
Appointment only. Call for current pricing
Rotorua Waste Management
Phone- (07) 349 0222
Address- 6 Hamiora Pl, Ngapuna,
Rotorua 3010 Website https://wastemanagement.co.nz/
Email- *contact form on the website
Appointment only. Call for current pricing
Tauranga EXPOLTauranga
7 Maru St, Mount Maunganui
Phone: 027 588 0015
sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.
Lower Hutt EXPOL Wellington
5 Page Grove off 22 Eastern Hutt Rd, Wingate, Lower Hutt
Phone: 0800 86 33 73
Fax: +64 (4) 567 5878
sales@expol.co.nz
https://www.expol.co.nz/
Drop Off – A minimum drop off charge for up to 1 cubic metre of $20 - then an additional charge of $10 per cubic metre. Please arrange a time with EXPOL. Product dropped off MUST be EXPOL polystyrene, be bagged and clean - if it does not meet this criteria, then it is at EXPOL’s discretion whether to accepted for recycling. For pick up - please call EXPOL.