EPS Recycling in New Zealand

There are at least nineteen locations around New Zealand where you can access commercial Expanded Polystyrene recycling services. With these organisations providing a variety of either pick-up or drop off services. Expanded Polystyrene is used extensively for packaging and in the building and construction industries for insulation and as fill in housing and commercial building slabs.

Expanded Polystyrene is fully recyclable! It is easily compacted, then reground and melted to form new products like pens, coat hangers, picture frames and engineered timbers.

When melted, Expanded Polystyrene becomes a solid polystyrene block and shrinks back to its original volume. Making it easier to transport for recycling and reuse in new products. There is a network of Expanded Polystyrene recycling partners across New Zealand and the world. Working together to support the recovery of EPS products at the end of their useful lives.

Some Tips for Recycling EPS

Expanded Polystyrene is 98% air and 2% polystyrene making it extremely lightweight. Expanded Polystyrene can become a problem if it is not handled correctly. When it is broken the small beads can easily blow away and become unwanted litter. Help us look after the environment, by following these guidelines:

– Store and transport EPS in securely covered bags or bins
– Avoid cutting or breaking the EPS into pieces to reduce the spread of dust or any broken pieces
– Ensure the bags or bins are free from any general rubbish
– Secure these to ensure they don’t blow away

EPS Recyclers WILL NOT accept

– No coloured polystyrene
– No strapping
– No plastic film or foam wrapping
– No peanut shaped loose foam packaging
– No labels or tape
– No contaminated polystyrene – containing food, organic matter or construction debris

Advice for Households

New Zealand Council’s do not accept Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) for kerbside recycling – so please do not place EPS into your Council kerbside recycling bins.

We recommend that your return any EPS packaging used on the products you have purchased to the point of purchase for the retailer to recycle. Or if you have ordered on-line you could contact one of the providers listed above.

Find an EPS Recycler

New Zealand recycling facilities that accept Expanded Polystyrene
RegionContactDrop OffPickupRequirements
WhangareiEPS Foam
13 Kioreroa Road, Whangarei
021 954 196
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
AucklandWaste Management
Auckland Recycling
Maurice Road,
Penrose
(09) 636 7599
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
Ability Incorporated
91 Hillside Rd, Glenfield
0272292250
http://www.abilities.co.nz/
[email protected]
CostCost- Drop off $10 per cubic metre
- Pick up, price varies
Croxley Recycling
9 Astley Ave, New Lynn
0800 180160
http://www.croxleyrecycling.co.nz/collection-process
CostCost- Drop off 40-85c a kilo
- Pick up, price varies
Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre
50 The Concourse, Henderson
(09) 301 0101
CostNo- Drop off from $90
- No pick-up service available
Whangaparāoa Community Recycling Centre
637 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay
0800 426 5169
www.hibiscuscoastzerowaste.com/
[email protected]
CostNo- Drop off, price varies
- No pick-up service available
Barnes Plastics
368 Church Street, Penrose
(09) 579 9725
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals
- No pick-up service
Koolfoam
34 Grayson Ave
Papatoetoe
(09) 279 9611
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals
- No pick-up service
EPS Foam
80b Hunua Road. Papakura
(09) 299 6901
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
Expol
105 Captain Springs Rd, Onehunga
0800 86 33 73
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals
- No pick-up service
Expol Waste Collection Point
Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn
5 Astley Ave, New Lynn
FreeNoDrop of points are free of charge
Expol Waste Collection Point
Dayle ITM
713 Rosebank Rd, Avondale
FreeNoDrop of points are free of charge
Expol Waste Collection Point
Western ITM
2 Airport Rd, Whenuapai
FreeNoDrop of points are free of charge
Expol Waste Collection Point
Chesters Plumbing
45 Portage Rd, New Lynn
FreeNoDrop of points are free of charge
TaurangaWaste Management
54 Portside Drive, Omanu
(07) 577 9440
https://wastemanagement.co.nz/
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
EPS Foam
110 Birch Avenue, Judea, Tauranga
(07) 577 0994
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
Expol
7 Maru Street, Mount Maunganui
027 588 0015
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
WhakataneWaste Management
44 Te Tahi St
(07) 308 9190
https://wastemanagement.co.nz/
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
RotoruaWaste Management
6 Hamiora Pl, Ngapuna
(07) 349 0222
https://wastemanagement.co.nz/
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
Palmerston NorthBondor
122 Kaimanawa Street
Kelvin Grove
(06) 354 7333
FreeCost- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
WellingtonExpol
22 Eastern Hutt Rd, Wingate, Lower Hutt
0800 86 33 73
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
Styrobeck Ltd.
64 Pharazyn Street
Lower Hutt
64 586 0254
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
RegionContactDrop OffPickupRequirements
NelsonHope Moulded Packaging
41 Aniseed Valley Road
Richmond
(03) 544 5090
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
BlenheimExpol
12 Woodmoor Rd
+64 (3) 578 4874
[email protected]
www.expol.co.nz
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
ChristchurchWaste Management
301 Marshs Rd, Hornby South
0800 10 10 10
www.wastemanagement.co.nz
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
Expol
10 March Place, Belfast
+64 (3) 323 6540
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
Expol
91 Izone Drive, Rolleston
+64 (3) 347 8249
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
Bondor
51 Buchanans Road
Sockburn 8443
(03) 342 8890
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
EPS Foam
3/70 Shortland St, Aranui
(03) 3822117
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individuals- Bulk bags that can be brought for $25 each
- No pick-up service
OamaruWaste Management
13 Industrial Place
0800 888 278
www.wastemanagement.co.nz/
[email protected]
CostCost- Drop off by appointment only
- Pick up, price varies
WanakaWastebusters
Corner Riverbank and Ballantyne Road,
(03) 443 8606
[email protected]
CostCost-Drop off $7.50
-Pick-up $15 per wool bag
CromwellExpol
31 McNulty Road
+64 (3) 445 8414
[email protected]
FreeNo- Drop off free for customers, service for private individual
- No pick-up service
AlexandraWastebusters
Boundary Rd
(03) 448 9948
[email protected]
CostCost-Drop off $7.50
-Pick-up $15 per wool bag
Invercargill/SouthlandSouthland Disability Enterprises via yellow wheelie bins
28 Ettrick St, West Invercargill
(03) 214 6188
http://www.sde.org.nz/
CostCost- Drop off fee determined by amount
- Pick up $20 for standard size

Australian Recyclershttp://epsa.org.au/where-can-i-recycle-eps/

America USA EPS Industry Alliance

Asia Asian Manufacturers of EPS – AMEPS

Austria AG/Oesterreichisches EPS Verwertungs Office

Belgium Styfabel v.z.w

China CPPIAEPS, China Plastics Processing Industry Association, EPS Special Committee

China, Hong Kong CHKEPSA, Chinese Hong Kong Expandable Polystyrene Association

Denmark Danish Plastics Federation

Europe European Manufacturers of EPS – EUMEPS

France ECO PSE

Germany IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.

India PSRAI, Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Association of India

Indonesia INAEPSA, Indonesia EPS Association

Japan JEPSRA, Japan Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Association

Korea KFRA, Korea Foam-Styrene Recycling Association

Malaysia MERC, Malaysia Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Council

Philippines PPCP, Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines

Singapore Jebsen & Jessen Packaging Pte.Ltd.

Spain ANAPE

Sweden Svensk EPS Atervinning AB

Taiwan CTEPSRA, Taipei Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Association
, Taiwan

Thailand TPFRIA, Thai Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Group, Thailand

United Kingdom British Plastics Federation

Visit the Auckland Council EPS Listing