Directorate of Estates and Facilities


Polystyrene (EPS) recycling

House Services are now able to collect polystyrene packaging* in the same way as they collect cardboard.

Staff should leave any polystyrene packaging next to their nearest recycling bin for House Services to collect.

Polystyrene will be returned to University Place Waste Compound where it will be treated using a thermal compaction unit (see here) operated by Campus Cleansing. It will then be collected by external contractors & recycled into insulation products.

Where lab staff dispose of polystyrene items themselves, they are requested to dispose of these using the existing cardboard collection facilities across campus where it will be collected by Campus Cleansing.

If large amounts of polystyrene need collecting due to deliveries etc, please contact CCU direct (x52256 - 24 hr. answerphone).

*only EPS polystyrene can be recycled. What can/can’t be recycled is detailed below (and shown in the guide to the right of this page – see useful documents box).

We have found that some types of EPS (blue extruded polystyrene) are not suitable for the thermal compaction unit we use so cannot be recycled. If you have any specialist polystyrene you would like to recycle please contact the Waste Co-ordinator on x65963 to check if it is suitable.

What can be recycled

  • EPS polystyrene packaging

  • Polystyrene boxes/container

What can’t be recycled

  • Polystyrene cups, plates and cutlery

  • Polystyrene foam food trays/containers

  • Loose fill/polystyrene chips

  • Clear/hard polystyrene containers

  • Some coloured (black and grey) polystyrene containers as these have fire retardants in