Girlguiding Aberdeen teams up with Styropack to promote polystyrene recycling

As part of their contribution to Girlguiding’s Future Girl Acts campaign to tackle plastic pollution Girlguiding Aberdeen has joined forces with Styropack Aberdeen to increase the recycling of polystyrene in the granite city.

“This is a unique partnership,” explains Georgina Rolfe, local lead volunteer for opportunities and training, “We are working with Styropack, a manufacturer that both makes and recycles polystyrene back into new boxes. Our task is to educate, inform and promote the recycling of polystyrene across Aberdeen.

“Styropack is putting a blue Girlguiding Aberdeen recycling bin in its car park to collect clean polystyrene for recycling into new products and Girlguiding Aberdeen will be promoting this in community groups, schools, churches and, of course, in their own homes.”

Polystyrene is 100% recyclable and it is commonly used for fish boxes, organs for transplant and packaging of white goods. It is 98% air giving it unique protective and insulating properties and is very lightweight.

“Not many people know that it is 100% recyclable or that we recycle it,” says Carol Lunan, Site Manager for Styropack Aberdeen. “We are working to increase the amount of recycled content in our products but it is hard to do when polystyrene is not collected.

“That is why working with Girlguiding Aberdeen is such a great opportunity for us.  It gets the message about the recyclability of polystyrene out to the younger generation, who really want to make a difference and have the energy and commitment to do something about it!”

The Girlguiding Aberdeen Polystyrene Recycling Point will be open for business on Tuesday 8 October at Styropack, Craigshaw Road, West Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen AB12 3AS.  If you have a van- load of polystyrene please call 01224 873 166 to arrange a drop off.