PS (polystyrene)

polystyrene box

Guidance

The identification codes show which type of plastic resin was used to make a product. That means it doesn’t necessarily indicate a product’s recyclability. To check if something is recyclable, either search for the individual item on our A-Z function (opens in a new window), or check on our recycling page (opens in a new window).

PS (polystyrene) can be made into rigid or foam products. Expanded polystyrene (opens in a new window) is the kind of sturdy packaging material that is used to protect products such as large electrical appliances. It is not the same as the type of polystyrene used to make takeaway containers (opens in a new window).

PS (polystyrene) can be found in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, takeaway containers, expanded polystyrene inserts and foam.

Polystyrene takeaway containers cannot go in your household recycling collection in north London. Please put it in your general waste. However, you can recycle expanded polystyrene at north London reuse and recycling centres (opens in a new window).

PS (polystyrene) can be recycled into hard plastics like toys, hangers, picture frames, insulation, packing, takeaway containers.