Polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is commonly found in cups for hot beverages and as a packaging product. 

EPS is comprised of 98% air, and is an expanded plastic material. Because of the expanded process, polystyrene is not readily recycled and is not accepted in the recycling wheelie bin.

Polystyrene is often marked with plastic identification code 6 and the recycling triangle, meaning this product is made from recycled plastic material classification number 6.

Small amounts of polystyrene are accepted in general waste bins only with small pieces contained inside a plastic bag.

Disposal / recycling options

Wheelie bins

  • General waste bin

Waste facilities

Notes and conditions

  • Small amounts of polystyrene are accepted in general waste bins only.
  • Small pieces must be contained in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Disposal of all lightweight waste materials making up more than 75% load by volume will incur a fee.
  • Materials include polystyrene, unbound roof insulation or insulation, sawdust and other difficult to contain materials that require special burial.