Contrary to popular belief, polystyrene is in fact a recyclable material. However, many businesses fail to realise this and end up needlessly sending it to landfill. Polystyrene compactors offer an efficient and environmentally-friendly way to process this widely-used material. 

Not only can these machines reduce your environmental impact but they can also work wonders for your bottom line – offering a reduction in holding and transportation costs, as well as the opportunity to earn an additional income stream by selling your compacted polystyrene.

In this article, we delve into the specifics of how these compactors work and the benefits they offer for your business.

How do Polystyrene Compactors Work?

Polystyrene compactors are specialised machines designed to efficiently process and compact polystyrene or EPS waste. They play a crucial role in waste management by reducing the volume of polystyrene, optimising storage space and improving recycling efforts. Here’s how they work:

  1. Feeding the machine – the polystyrene waste must first be fed into the compactor via the hopper. 
  2. Shredding – automatic polystyrene compactors have screws which shred the material into smaller pieces. 
  3. Compaction – once the polystyrene pieces are small enough, they are compressed into high density blocks (also known as briquettes). 
  4. Outlet – these polystyrene blocks exit on the side of the compactor ready for collection and storage. 

Benefits for Business Owners

Polystyrene compactors offer numerous advantages for businesses seeking effective waste management solutions. Let’s explore the key benefits they provide:

1. Space Saving

One of the significant advantages of polystyrene compactors is their ability to reduce storage space requirements. Compacted polystyrene briquettes occupy considerably less space compared to loose and bulky polystyrene waste. 

By reducing the amount of space taken up by waste materials, businesses can more efficiently utilise their floorspace, enabling them to allocate it for revenue generating purposes.

2. Cost Reduction & Revenue Generation

Polystyrene compactors can have a positive effect on your bottom line – not only can they reduce your waste management costs but there’s also the opportunity of generating revenue by selling your recycled waste.

Reduced Costs – By compacting polystyrene waste, businesses can minimise costs associated with waste management, including transportation and disposal fees. With fewer disposal trips required, transportation expenses decrease, leading to substantial savings over time.

Additional Revenue – There’s also the opportunity of selling your polystyrene blocks to recycling companies or processors, thereby generating revenue for your business. 

3. Environmental Impact & Carbon Footprint Reduction 

By compacting your waste materials, you will be preventing them from ending up in landfills. Instead, directing the material towards recycling facilities or processors and thus supporting recycling efforts and promoting a circular economy. 

Additionally, as you’ll be making far less disposal trips, your carbon emissions will be reduced, contributing to a greener and more sustainable business operation.

By opting for a polystyrene compactor, businesses can leverage the space-saving advantages, cost reduction opportunities, and environmental impact of these machines. 

Polystyrene Compactor Options

At Greenbank, we offer three different models of polystyrene compactors, with each model specifically designed to cater to different waste management requirements:


Capacity – The SC1200 has a compact design with a capacity for small to medium sized operations. We’d recommend the SC1200 for annual waste volumes of 12 tonnes.

Compaction Ratio – This model achieves an impressive compaction ratio of 50:1 with both wet and dry polystyrene.

Power consumption – It’s designed to be energy-efficient, minimising power consumption and thus operating costs.


Capacity – The SC2100 offers a higher capacity, making it ideal for medium to large-scale businesses. This machine is capable of handling up to 80kg of EPS per hour.

Compaction Ratio – Similar to the above model, the SC2100 boasts an excellent compaction ratio of 50:1.

Power consumption – While providing higher capacity, this model still maintains an efficient power consumption.


Capacity – The SC3100 is the largest model in our range, catering to large-scale operations with substantial polystyrene waste generation. It is capable of handling up to 200kg of EPS per hour.

Compaction Ratio – Much like the other two models, the SC3100 offers a compaction ratio of 50:1 meaning that it can reduce the volume of your waste material by up to 98% !

Power consumption – Despite its larger capacity, this model is designed to minimise power consumption and thus remains a sustainable option. 

Each polystyrene compactor model is engineered with durability, efficiency, and performance in mind. They are built to withstand the demands of continuous operation while providing significant waste volume reduction.

Final Thoughts

Polystyrene compactors offer businesses an effective solution for improving waste management practices and achieving sustainability goals. By investing in these innovative machines, businesses can reap a multitude of benefits, ranging from space-saving advantages and cost reduction to positive environmental impact. 

At Greenbank, our range of polystyrene compactor models, including the SC1200, SC2100, and S3100, are designed to cater to various waste management requirements. We encourage you to explore the different models available and find one that best suits your business’s needs.

To assist you further, we offer free waste management audits to help identify specific challenges and offer tailored solutions for your business. By adopting machines such as polystyrene compactors, businesses can transform waste management into sustainable and profitable endeavours.


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