EXPOL leads the way in polystyrene recycling nationwide

June 23, 2018 at 1:43 PM

**PLEASE NOTE - EXPOL's recycling service is only available for EXPOL Tuff Pods and EXPOL building site polystyrene products, and a waste collection fee applies. The polystyrene must be clean. Polystyrene products produced by other manufacturers cannot be recycled by EXPOL**

EXPOL, one of New Zealand’s largest polystyrene manufacturers, has invested in dedicated polystyrene recycling plants for its manufacturing facilities nationwide. This means EXPOL customers can now have their unused EXPOL polystyrene picked up and recycled.

At every stage of its lifecycle, from production to recovery or recycling, expanded polystyrene offers exceptional eco-credentials and is therefore ideally suited to the new generation of eco-friendly building projects. 

The use of expanded polystyrene in building has been around for many years due to its qualities as a strong, durable and lightweight material with excellent thermal properties. 

Unlike many other building products, expanded polystyrene can be recycled countless times without losing quality. As a result, we are now seeing a prevalence of recycled content in the polystyrene products we use, which means a more positive environmental impact due to less wastage.


Advances in technology and manufacturing have helped increase the possible uses for expanded polystyrene and its potential for recycling. Building products now account for nearly three-quarters of the approx 8500 tonnes of expanded polystyrene manufactured in New Zealand annually. This is primarily made up of thermal insulation and a product used in concrete floors called ‘waffle pods’. In the case of pods, the recycled content can be as much as 50%. 

Throughout New Zealand, customers can benefit from a recycling service offered by EXPOL. Customers receive bags to collect their clean EXPOL product offcuts at their building sites. A dedicated collection service sees the product picked up and the ‘waste’ is then reprocessed and reused in other EXPOL products, rather than going to landfill. 

“In providing this service, we believe EXPOL is demonstrating a commitment to the industry’s waste minimisation initiative, and customers avoid the need to manage and store a material that, if not handled appropriately, can end up causing problems, such as litter,” says EXPOL’s Mark Mischefski.


Mike and Matt both manage concrete floor-laying companies. Both their companies are using and benefitting from the recycling service EXPOL offers and helping to maintain litter-free building sites. 

“Handling polystyrene on building sites to avoid problems is ‘just good management’,” says Matt. “We don’t get the product until we’re ready to use it, and we very rarely have problems. For clients, dealing with waste that’s light and bulky is difficult. The service we get makes removal easy, and the use of what’s not used is great. It’s also a great saving for us.”

For Mike, the ease and the savings make getting a service a big plus. “I’m a very happy customer,” he says. “We order about 5000 pods a month, and we get a collection almost every day for the product we don’t use. This saves us about $400 a week that we’d have to pay if the waste went to landfill.”

The recycling initiative is available to EXPOL customers in all major New Zealand cities. However, tradespeople who are using polystyrene products need to be proactive when dealing with their waste in order to benefit, notes Mark Mischefski. “The point is: why pay landfill fees when EXPOL offers a service that benefits customers and the environment?”


Call our support team on 0800 86 33 73 to learn more about EXPOL's recycling service.


Polystyrene building waste on its way to the EXPOL recycling facility.


Recycling operator in the EXPOL Auckland facility.




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