When we separate our waste for recycling purposes, we tend to separate them into paper, plastic, glass, and metal. But did you know that polystyrene can also be recycled?
Think of those takeaway containers and all the packing material that protected your appliances.
New Earth Recycling in Parow Industria, Cape Town recycles as much as 40 tonnes of polystyrene a month.
CEO Noel Ehrenreich talks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about how it manages this momentous task.
The polystyrene is sourced from landfills, municipal drop-off sites, commercial producers and manufacturers - and even from households.
I think the general perception is that polystyrene is not recyclable and I'm glad to say that we have been doing it for five years.— Noel Ehrenreich, CEO - New Earth Recycling
There is a high demand for recycled polystyrene, he says.
He advises keeping polystyrene separate when sorting your recyclables at home and outlines the different polystyrene packaging in use.
Take a look at the New Earth Recycling website for more information.
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