Our commitment to the environment

The Circular Economy

At EXPOL we’ve made a commitment to the environment and take responsible manufacturing seriously. We are focused on a true closed-loop recycling process – 75% of the products we make use recycled content, and we have plans and concepts in place to do even better.

EXPOL is a long-standing member of the leading industry associations EPS NZ Sector, EPSA (EPS Australia) and the Asian Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (AMEPS).

These organisations support and promote the recycling of Expanded Polystyrene products and our membership gives EXPOL access to the latest advances in the field.

Our closed loop recycling process

An important component of our product development and manufacturing is our commitment to closed loop recycling. Polystyrene is highly re-useable and at EXPOL we recycle it into products including EXPOL UnderFloor Insulation, EXPOL Tuff Pods, EXPOL StyroDrain and EXPOL QuickDrain to name just a few.

At EXPOL we operate seven recycling plants nationwide, we are growing our commitment and capabilities by trialing a network of collection points where you the consumer can drop off your polystyrene waste for recycling.

Polystyrene waiting to be recycled

Polystyrene going into the recycling machine

 Polystyrene on the recycling line

Recycled Polystyrene

Recycled Polystyrene going through the de-dusting machine to remove dust

Compacted dust from the recycled Polystyrene

Because we want our recycled products to be used time and time again, we don’t believe in putting a premium price on them. It’s better for the environment if our recycled products are accessible – without the barrier of increased price.


Our recycling initiatives

Our zero waste factories recycle 350 tons of polystyrene a year. That’s 2800 cubic metres a month. We run recycling programs to reuse our own EXPOL product and we’ve also developed a building site waste polystyrene programme – making on-site recycling easy

We know that making recycling easy for builders working on building sites plays a big part in minimising on-site waste.

Our EXPOL recycling initiative allows builders working with our polystyrene to tell us, quickly and easily, when there’s excess. We then collect it and turn it into new products.

EXPOL polystyrene been collected from a building site for recycling


The Polystyrene Recycling POD used in the pilot programme.

We have a trial polystyrene Recycling Scheme underway in selected hardware stores. This scheme is for consumers residential waste only.

For builders or construction site waste we offer another service and you can find out about this by emailing pickup@expol.co.nz or call 0800 86 33 73 

These "Recycling Collection Pods" allow stores to recycle polystyrene from retail packaging and customers to drop  off their own polystyrene waste.

We then collect it and convert it into new and useful products – like EXPOL QuickDrain, our no scoria drainage solution.

Collection Points for Polystyrene include:


Mitre 10

  • Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn
  • Grove Mitre 10 Onehunga
  • Mitre 10 Mega Henderson
  • Mitre 10 Mega Albany
  • Mitre 10 Botany
  • Mitre 10 Mega Manukau
  • Mitre 10 Takanini
  • Mitre 10 Mega Ruakura
  • Mitre 10 Mega Tauranga


  • Western ITM Whenuapai
  • ITM Kumeu 


  • Carters Te Rapa

Other Collection Points

North Shore

Tried - Tested - Proven
3C Marken Place, 
Wairau Valley



Mitre 10

  • Mitre 10 Mega Papanui
  • Mitre 10 Mega Hornby
  • Mitre 10 Ferrymead
  • Mitre 10 Cromwell
  • Mitre 10 Queenstown

We are committed to reducing the use of raw material in the production of new polystyrene products which minimises their impact on the environment. 

At EXPOL we create lasting, quality products that do not need frequent replacement or updating. Our manufacturing process does not create CFCs of HCFCs and because expanded polystyrene is 98% engineered air, the amount of polystyrene material used to produce our products is minimal.

Sustainable behaviour across our operations

Our closed loop recycling process has seen us extend recycling from our manufacturing operations into our offices and factories.

Fast Facts
  • 75% of the products we make contain recycled content
  • We recycle 350 tons of polystyrene a year - that is 2800 cubic metres per month 
  • We have 6 polystyrene recycling plants nationwide
  • For the building industry we have in place an innovative service that collects waste polystyrene

Enquiry Form

General Enquiry

Tel: +64 (9) 634 3449

Free Phone: 0800 86 33 73


105 Captain Springs Rd., Onehunga, Auckland

Tel: +64 (9) 634 3449

Free Phone: 0800 86 33 73


105 Captain Springs Rd., Onehunga, Auckland

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