RECYCLING POLYSTYRENE

I have been asked whether there are any facilities for recycling polystyrene in the Leeds area. I took this up with the Waste Services officer, who advised as follows:

“Unfortunately, you cannot recycle polystyrene in your green recycling bin. Polystyrene is a problematic waste to recycle as it is such a very light weight waste material (95% air), with a very large volume. It is often contaminated with food or drink and as it is very porous, can be difficult to clean. It is not cost-effective to collect, transport and recycle polystyrene as this would use more energy than would be saved by recycling. Please put this waste in your black bin or take it to your nearest recycling site for disposal. I am not aware of any local options for recycling this waste stream.”