Polystyrene is convenient
Polystyrene is versatile
Polystyrene is economical

Welcome to the Polystyrene Association of South Africa

We represent the entire value chain of South Africa’s dynamic polystyrene industry, including raw material suppliers, manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (ESP) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), recyclers and retailers. Together we form a group of like-minded companies and individuals who are passionate about increasing collection and recycling of polystyrene, protecting our environment, empowering people and developing a circular economy for the polystyrene industry.

We trust you will enjoy navigating through our website and that you will find the information you are searching for, the be interesting, relevant, and easy to understand. However, should you still have any queries or wish to engage with us directly, please feel free to send us an email: Info@polystyrenesa.co.za

About Us

The Polystyrene Association of SA (previously known as the Polystyrene Packaging Council) started its operations in February 2007.

Representing the major players in South Africa’s polystyrene manufacturing industry and the entire value chain, the Association is a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) of the local plastics industry that drives the creation of a circular economy by acting as a facilitator between the recyclers and suppliers of recycled polystyrene (post-consumer and post-industrial), and the buyers representing the various end-markets.

Our consistent work and efforts to develop new end-markets for recycled polystyrene and improve collection rates, are paying off. Over the past 5 years we have continued to see a year-on-year increase in the amount of polystyrene that is being diverted into our projects and away from landfill.

We believe that polystyrene has a significant contribution to make to society – not only through its ability to make life more convenient, but also through its cost effectiveness, recyclability, versatility and ability to touch lives.

Project Build

Promoting the use of recycled Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in the built environment with lightweight concrete bricks and screeds.

Project Décor

Promoting the use of recycled Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) in the décor and home finishes market through the extrusion of beautiful picture frames, cornices and curtain rods.

Breadtags for Wheelchairs

Promoting the collection of recycled bread closures or breadtags made from HIPS in order to “purchase” a wheelchair for physically disabled and financially challenged recipients. These breadtags recycled into seedling trays.

Project Care

Promoting the collection and recycling of yoghurt tubs made from HIPS for use in manufacturing of portable lap desks as part of the Tutu Desk initiative.

recycled hamburger clamshells make 1 x A4 photoframe

tons of polystyrene recycled in 2017

Polystyrene is the fourth largest polymer produced in the world

kilogram of polystyrene beads are used to make a cube of bricks

Recycling stats per year on average