Polystyrene is a difficult product to recycle! It is 98% air, tricky to handle and transport, and takes up a lot of space. Previously, Kimbriki classified polystyrene mixed waste, a product which ends up in landfill at a cost to both the customer and the environment.
At Kimbriki, we are always exploring new ways to recycle more and decrease landfill. So, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Greenwall, a local northern beaches company who will take an agreed amount of polystyrene waste and incorporate it as a growth media into the production of soil-less vertical gardens called “greenwalls” and “greenroofs” which they supply throughout Australia.
Customers can bring their polystyrene to Kimbriki and our friendly weighbridge attendants will direct you to the mixed waste area where you can drop off your polystyrene free of charge. Greenwall collects the polystyrene waste several times a week and transports it to its production facility located at Ingleside. Greenwall can take up to 10 cubic metres of Kimbriki’s collected polystyrene per week and any excess polystyrene received above the agreed trial amount will continue to go to landfill. Kimbriki will continue to look for other environmentally sustainable ways of dealing with polystyrene and other non-recyclable wastes to capture additional volumes in the future.
So how can you help?
- All polystyrene must be in the form of rigid packaging foam. We cannot accept beads or other small fragments.
- All polystyrene must come from domestic sources only. (No commercial operators).
- All polystyrene should be under the domestic limit of 200L, which is the equivalent one large garbage bag per transaction.
- Sticky tape, packaging tape, cardboard must be removed prior to drop off.
To learn more about Greenwall, The Vertical Garden Specialists go to greenwall.com.au/