Polystyrene Recycling For Your Business

Polystyrene Recycling

Dealing with a material like polystyrene can be difficult for businesses and individuals alike. Most people don’t want to fill their bins with substances like this, well-aware that they are slow to biodegrade and will last for thousands of years before breaking down on a landfill site. Few local authority recycling services will deal with waste polystyrene, meaning it is ending up in waste bins and not commonly recycled with other plastic products. If you are a company generating a large amount of polystyrene waste, Plastic Expert is here to help you out. It is estimated that 12,000 tonnes of EPS (expanded polystyrene) is disposed of to landfill each year, taking up 240,000 cubic metres of landfill space. Whilst EPS is 100% recyclable, there is no excuse for businesses recycling of this material to go a miss. With our help, we can provide everything you need to deal with your Polystyrene Recycling and plastic waste responsibly.

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How Our Services Work

Contact our team at Plastic Expert providing your quantity of polystyrene, location, photos & how the material are stored.
We’ll then prepare a quote and email this to you. Once you’re happy to go ahead with a collection, simply make a payment and we’ll book transport.
Collections will then be made on a day to suit your businesses schedule. Please let us know any loading or access requirements in advance.
Full waste transfer documentation will be provided on collection. All of your waste items will then be fully recycled into new products.


What is Polystyrene?

Polystyrene is a hydrocarbon that is used for a wide array of applications: Some examples include food packaging, food trays, and other consumer polystyrene packaging. You may also have EPS packaging which is formed as a white polystyrene foam produced from solid beads. Recycled EPS can be turned into items such as frames and insulation materials.

Petroleum is made into a liquid hydrocarbon called styrene, which is then converted into polystyrene through a chemical process known as suspension polymerization. Thanks to its structure and starting point as oil, polystyrene is incredibly difficult to degrade.

Expanded polystyrene eps is the most common type of polystyrene found on the modern market. This material is widely used to package food and drink goods to keep them safe, adding a robust foam barrier to packaging that is able to keep your goods safe during transport. Polystyrene that hasn’t been expanded is usually found in the form of a clear film that is used to wrap food and other goods.

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Why Should You Recycle Polystyrene?

Polystyrene recycling is incredibly important in the modern world. With so many products using this material, landfills have noticed a steep rise in the use of polystyrene over the last couple of decades. When you reuse and recycle your waste materials, you can save energy and raw materials being used in production. So, what exactly is the problem with polystyrene being left in places like landfills?

Toxicity: When disposed of improperly, polystyrene can leak toxic chemicals into the environment around it. Water and heat can be enough to cause an effect like this, adding to the pollution already found at landfill sites. This can kill plants and animals, and could even impact the water supplies you use.

Lifespan: Polystyrene can last for more than 500 years inside a landfill. With more than 30% of the waste in places like this estimated to be polystyrene, the long life and increasing use of polystyrene could be disastrous without recycling.

Convenient & Cost-Effective: Getting your polystyrene to recycling centers doesn’t have to be a pain. Here at Plastic Expert, our dedicated team works extremely hard to work around our clients, providing cost-effective services at a time convenient to you. If your business generates large amounts of polystyrene waste then you could also hugely benefit from purchasing a plastic baler which can save you time and money. Plastic Expert can collect your bales at a time convenient to you. 

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Getting Help with Your Polystyrene Recycling

Here at Plastic Expert, we understand that dealing with materials like polystyrene can be a complicated and time-consuming process. Statistics have shown that approximately 100 tonnes of polystyrene materials are recycled every month, and with our help, you can join this growth. We’ve worked hard to create recycling services for various types of plastic for both businesses and individuals that provide a simple and easy way to deal with your recyclable waste. Give us a call on 0845 3669306 or send an email to expert@plasticexpert.co.uk if you’d like to learn more about our recycling services. Our friendly team is always happy to offer advice and answer your questions.

Please note that we do not provide recycling services for household waste. Please use your kerbside collections from your local council to dispose of materials.

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