Did your new purchase come wrapped in polystyrene?

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) from your new appliance packaging or fruit and vegetable box can be recycled!

Did you know?

  • Polystyrene is very light and long lived. If EPS packaging is dumped in the environment, it is around for a long time, causing wind blown litter, looking ugly and potentially blocking drains and waterways
  • Although very light, EPS is a very bulky material taking up large, valuable areas of landfill space
  • In 2011, the NSW EPA estimated that 12,000 tonnes of EPS was buried in landfill, which is about the same as filling 96 Olympic sized swimming pools with EPS
  • EPS is recycled into products such as plant pots, picture frames, desk accessories and insulation

EPS cannot be recycled through your yellow bin but it can be dropped off (free of charge) at:

  • Englands Road Waste Management Centre, Coffs Harbour
  • Crescent Head Rd Waste Management Centre, Kempsey
  • Tuncurry Waste Management Centre, Great Lakes
  • Taree Waste Management Centre, Tinonee