How to Recycle Styrofoam
Styrofoam, also known as EPS, is widely used as containers, packagings and thermal insulation material in buildings. It is hard to break down and takes up too much room in landfill plants, therefore, the recycling of styrofoam is recommended. The following pictures are the recycling steps.
1. Identify products made from Styrofoam by looking for the number 6 inside a recycling triangle
2. Keep polystyrene products to reuse. Some of the most common uses for reusing Styrofoam are:
3. Check with local shipping businesses to see if they can reuse Styrofoam shipping materials such as peanuts in their shipping.
4. Contact your local recycling program to see if anyone knows of Styrofoam recycling programs or drop off sites in your community.
5. Recycle polystyrene in many grocery stores
6. Search for Styrofoam recycling programs
Enter “polystyrene” and your zip code at www.Earth911.org for a list of companies that you can take it to.
Blue Earth Solutions is one Styrofoam recycling business.
7. Mail polystyrene to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.
8. Start a Styrofoam recycling program if your business deals with a large quantity of polystyrene. Walmart is one example of a company with an EPS recycling program, using polystyrene to make picture frames.
EPS recycling can be used to make new packaging materials.
Find an EPS recycler through the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recycling
If you locate a Styrofoam recycling program, but don’t process much, consider setting up bins to collect polystyrene.