Category: P#6 PS

A.K.A. Polystyrene, Styrofoam

Like PVC and the types of polyethylene, polystyrene comes in two types: ‘expanded’ , or a solid, clear plastic.

‘Expanded polystyrene’  (EPS) is the white or beige coloured packaging that breaks easily into pieces and makes a real mess if it does. It is formed by extrusion or moulding and is used to make:

  • Protective packaging eg in boxes containing new electrical items
  • Takeaway containers (trays and clamshells)
  • Takeaway foam cups
  • Meat trays
  • Egg cartons
  • Packaging peanuts
  • Insulation board/panels
  • Motorcycle helmets