It is extremely vital that the polystyrene we collect is COMPLETELY free of contaminants to be recyclable. We unfortunately cannot accept "mostly clean" or "think it's clean" material. Any plastic from tape will heavily contaminate the melted polystyrene. One piece of tape will ruin up to 100 lbs of otherwise recyclable material if it is accidentally melted into the polystyrene during densification. If this happens, the material will have to be landfilled, negating the efforts of many. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to keep polystyrene recycling sustainable.
These Are Examples Of Polystyrene Foam We Are Accepting:
We accept clean, dry, white polystyrene packing material. All packing material should be free of cardboard, tape, labels and stickers.
Avoid breaking the material into smaller pieces. Excessively broken apart material may be rejected due to handling requirements and potential contamination. Keep pieces whole if possible.
Below are examples of foam we are NOT accepting:
Tape Contaminated Foam
All foam should be free of tape. Even small pieces of tape left on the foam can contaminate the recycled material.
Food Contaminated Foam
All foam should be free of food contamination, moisture, and oil. Contaminated foam will be rejected.
At this time, we are not accepting polyurethane foam of any kind. This is the foam normally found in couch cushions and pillows.
Extruded Polystyrene Foam
This foam is normally colored pink, green or blue. This foam has a much higher density than expanded block foam and contains fire retardants. Unfortunately, we aren't accepting this at this time.
#4 Polyethylene Foam
This common packing material is spongy and can be any color. This foam will not break when bent.