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How to dispose of polystyrene foam

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Put all types polystyrene foam in your black cart as garbage, even if it's marked with the recycle symbol. This includes:

  • Foam coffee cups
  • Foam plates and take-out containers
  • Foam meat trays (and absorbent pads)
  • Shipping materials such as foam blocks and peanuts

Special instructions

Put foam into a garbage bag to keep it from blowing away during collection.

Why can't polystyrene foam be recycled or composted?

Polystyrene products are too lightweight for the sorting machines during the recycling process.

They also contain plastic which doesn't break down during the composting process and will contaminate the finished compost.​

Polystyrene foam


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