The Polystyrene Association of SA is South Africa’s largest polystyrene recycling network and is made up of a group of companies and individuals that share a deep-seated passion for recycling and the health of our environment. To this end, we work tirelessly to develop new projects and end-markets that will express our commitment to sustainable business practices and develop a sustainable circular economy for the polystyrene industry.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Polystyrene can be recycled up to 20 times without damage to its physical properties. In order to sustainably transport polystyrene for recycling, it must be compacted or condensed in order to get rid of all the air that gives EPS its exceptionally light weight. Our recycling programmes are able to reduce the volume of polystyrene 50 times!
- In South Africa, polystyrene is recycled into a wide variety of different products, ranging from picture frames and coat handers, to seedling trays, lightweight cement blocks, cornices, skirtings, outdoor furniture and decking for construction.
- It takes approximately 45 meat trays / 41 hamburger clamshells / 36 six pack yoghurt tubs to produce an A4-sized picture frame made from recycled polystyrene.
Recycling polystyrene tips:
- Clean your polystyrene in used dishwash water
- Place it in your recycling bag with all your other recyclables
Visit www.mywaste.co.za to find your nearest recycling centre if your municipality does not do kerb-side collection of recyclables.
Polystyrene Recycling Projects
The biggest success for polystyrene recycling in recent months has undoubtedly come from this innovative and exciting new use and application that mixes an aggregate of post-consumer and post-industrial polystyrene granulated into beads with cement and additives to form insulated, soundproof, fireproof, water-resistant lightweight concrete blocks and screeds.
Recycled, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in every shape, form, colour and grade are being used with great success in building and construction projects as lightweight concrete bricks and screeds. Because polystyrene is mixed into the special cement mixture, there is no problem with pigmented packaging. Even the black or post-consumer polystyrene that was until recently difficult to recycle, is bought from recyclers with great eagerness.
Whilst initially lightweight concrete bricks may cost roughly the same as traditional cement bricks, developers are able to enjoy significant savings in that they weighs less than half of a conventional brick (lower transport costs and CO2 emissions), have outstanding SABS fire ratings and an Agrement Certification, and offers excellent insulation against sound and temperature. blocks are lighter than conventional bricks and the building process is much quicker.
Because they are produced in sizes that are easy to handle for quick construction, it takes only 1 day to build a 42 m² home compared to 3 days when building with conventional bricks.
Lightweight bricks also don’t absorb water, meaning that there is no mould and therefore make it a healthier option.