Polystyrene recycling trial to resume in Aberdeenshire

A polystyrene recycling trial at three household recycling centres in Aberdeenshire is to resume later this month, the area’s council has confirmed.

The initiative was halted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with it being launched in February of 2020.

Now, bins have again been designated for polystyrene within three participating recycling centres at Crow’s Nest Banchory, Portlethen and Stonehaven.

Aberdeenshire Council said that the centres will be accepting expanded polystyrene (EPS) only, which includes all polystyrene packing materials such as shape-moulded packaging, blocks and planks of fill materials, packing boxes and packaging balls.

Ros Baxter, Aberdeenshire Council’s waste manager, said, “We are delighted to have the trial back up and running as both the polystyrene and rigid plastic pilots will provide us with key data which will help shape the services we provide to the public.

“We’re continually seeking opportunities to recycle new materials and divert waste from the landfill. The polystyrene trial is a positive step towards increasing our recycling rate in Aberdeenshire.”