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Where do I put polystyrene (foam packaging, styrofoam)?

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How do I dispose of polystyrene foam?

Can you recycle styrofoam?

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

What items are made out of styrofoam?

  • Foam coffee cups
  • Foam plates and take-out containers
  • Foam meat trays (and absorbent pads)
  • Shipping packing 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?

Foam products are too light for the sorting machines during the recycling process. They also contain plastic which doesn't break down during composting and will contaminate the finished compost.

Polystyrene foam