Expanded polystyrene (EPS) takes up a lot of space in landfills, weighs very little and, like all plastic products, is durable. To encourage recycling, some cities have introduced high minimum fees or high volume prices because of their size.

EPS is also a valuable resource that can be recycled to create new insulation products for homes that lead to better health and living standards. Plastics supports EPS recycling companies at https://nicsonsbp.com.au/eps-recycling that process EPS waste. Many manufacturers and retailers can now collect EPS waste on behalf of the processor and send it to their treatment plant.

The plastics industry wants to promote better EPS handling practices at construction sites to reduce the amount of EPS construction waste that ends up in landfills. Member companies offer services for recycling clean waste at construction sites and routine collection. 

For more information, please contact our EPS manufacturing member companies involved in the construction site polystyrene initiative. By supporting this initiative, Plastics members are making a positive contribution to the recovery of all EPS waste from their own operations, which will help stimulate consumer demand and create a sustainable post-consumption EPS market.

The natural air pockets within the expanded polystyrene (EPS) of the pods also increase insulation and absorb movement in reactive soils. Waffle pods are designed for the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Australia is a popular market for EPS waffles.