Sean Elliott feeds the machine...
Sean Elliott feeds the machine...

Pack up your polystyrene

Lismore City Council can now recycle all that polystyrene packaging you got for Christmas.

They have purchased a polystyrene extruder which crushes the material and heats it to 150 degrees and spits it out the bottom of the machine like a sausage.

It then hardens very quickly into a material that looks a bit like fibreglass.

The machine reduces the bulk of the polystyrene by about 90% and the coils are sent from Lismore to Sydney and then to a company in South Korea that use it to make plastic picture frames and skirting boards.

Council has been stockpiling polystyrene for about six months and have just brought the extractor with the assistance of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW.

The machine cost $43,000 and with about 550 cubic metres of polystyrene going to landfill every year, it is expected to save Council $77,000 a year in landfill space.

Council’s waste and water education officer Kevin Trustum said they were looking at the possibility of doing pick ups from the major departments stores and also taking polystyrene from other councils.

The new polystyrene recycling program adds to the recycling services Lismore City Council has at the Wyrallah Rd Waste Facility, which include recycling of oil filters, glass, x-rays, CDs and DVDs, fluorescent lighting and household batteries.


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