Recycling Polystyrene locally in Australia can prevent them from ending up in the ocean

After a long period of popularization of polystyrene recycling, we have learned that waste polystyrene can be recycled in Australia. However, according to the latest study from THE CONVERSATION, some polystyrene waste eventually enters the marine environment, even when we thought it was being recycled. 

The culprit is the global plastic waste trade. The study found plastic waste most commonly leaks into the environment in the country to which it’s shipped. Plastics which are of low value to recyclers, such as polystyrene foam containers, are most likely to end up polluting the environment.


Map Showing the Import and Export Map of Plastic Waste Globally

The export of unsorted plastic waste from Australia is being phased out – and this will help address the problem. But there’s a long way to go before our plastic is recycled in a way that does not harm nature, and recycling polystyrene, which is a widely-used plastic material in Australia, is a great help now.

In the previous article, we shared the story of How to make Yarra River get rid of waste expanded polystyrene, and we have known that polystyrene can easily break apart and blow away, often flowing into drains and creeks, and ending up in the ocean. The data provided from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative revealed the current low polystyrene recycling rate in Australia, therefore, popularizing the knowledge of polystyrene recycling and equipping with professional polystyrene recycling machines to dispose of waste polystyrene that is randomly discarded is the key to improving the marine environment.

Polystyrene waste can be recycled and reused as raw materials for making new products like photo frames then resold in markets. Turn waste into treasure – this is the most ideal way to recycle waste polystyrene in the world including Australia. 

INTCO Recycling is the leading company that provides customers with one-stop polystyrene recycling solutions. GREENMAX Polystyrene Compactor, manufactured by INTCO Recycling, is a high-quality polystyrene recycling machine specialized in compressing waste polystyrene into dense blocks, with a compression ratio of 50:1. In other words,  GREENMAX Polystyrene Compactor can help greatly reduce the volume of polystyrene waste, thereby reducing the storage space and transportation costs, since it often occupied warehouses and landfills space because of its bulky volume.

After compressed by GREENMAX Polystyrene Compactor, the dense polystyrene blocks will be processed into regenerated particles that can be reused, and then made into a finished photo frame, thereby increasing the recycling and utilization value of the waste polystyrene. If every piece of polystyrene waste that has been used can be recycled in this way, there will be no more polystyrene debris flowing into streams and oceans, and there will be no more tragedies of marine animals losing their lives due to accidental ingestion. 

Let’s start by picking up the polystyrene lunch box or express packaging around us, and contribute a little effort to protect the marine environment.