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.


  • 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:

  1. Clean your polystyrene in used dishwash water
  2. Place it in your recycling bag with all your other recyclables

Visit to find your nearest recycling centre if your municipality does not do kerb-side collection of recyclables.

Polystyrene Recycling Projects