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How do I dispose of polystyrene foam?

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How do I dispose of styrofoam?

Polystyrene foam

Is styrofoam recyclable?

No. Put all types of polystyrene foam in your black cart as garbage.

This includes the following:

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

How do I prepare styrofoam for disposal?

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 light 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.​​​​​​​

Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool