Styrofoam Recycling

Styrofoam is a commonly-used plastic for packing various goods and electronics, such as computers and refrigerators, and is practically unavoidable if you have ever bought a new TV or computer.

But what do you do with it after you get your package? Simply throw it in the trash? You can do much more than simply throw it out or store it in the garage.

Styrofoam Recycling with GreenCitizen

GreenCitizen is providing a Styrofoam recycling service to repurpose and reuse this plastic, as well as lessen the impact on landfills. Discover more about the responsible recycling of foam below, as well as how you can participate!

Styrofoams That Are Accepted & Recycled by GreenCitizen

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Styrofoam #6

Examples: Styrofoam from newly packaged furnitures, electronics, & food packaging.

Types of Foam

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam #6

Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE/PELD)  foam #4

Foam/Packing Peanuts
We accept clean packing peanuts for free

Is Plastic Foam Biodegradable?

The standard plastic foams, like other plastics #1 to #6 are generally not biodegradable, with the exception of some #7 foams.

Is Plastic Foam Recyclable?

Plastic foam is recyclable if it is not contaminated and uniformly separated from other plastics. Currently if you place Styrofoam in a recycling bin it will be sent to a landfill. It is estimated that Styrofoam can take up to 30% of the space in the US landfills.

How Does GreenCitizen Recycle Foam?

Styrofoam, also known as foam and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), is fed through the Plastic Foam Densifier (PFD) XT200 of which densified styrofoam ingots are produced which can be used in applications like picture frames and architectural crown molds. The machine first shreds the foam where it is then heated and pressurized into a paste.

What Is Densified Styrofoam Used For?

Styrofoam ingots can be granulated to make other plastic products such as pens, rulers, and plant containers

Styrofoam ingots can be granulated to make other plastic products such as pens, rulers, and plant containers

Several picture frame manufacturing companies use the ingots as a base for their frames

Surfboard companies have used re-polymerized Styrofoam as a filler material in their surfboards

Another way the foam can be recycled is to mechanically chop it down, clean it, and extrude it into recycled plastic resins (rLDPE, rPS) which can be used to make new products (as mentioned above) or be blended with virgin plastic resins (say a 70% / 30% blend) to create a new product while maintaining structural integrity and quality.

What Is Densified Styrofoam Used For?

Truckload $900
Gaylord Bins* $60 per bin (Additional $110 will be required as pickup fee)
30-Gallon Bag $5 per bag

*Gaylord bins are 48" x 40" x 36" and can theoretically hold 40 cubic feet of foam if optimally packed

Residential Drop-off Pricing

30-Gallon Bag (waist high) $5 per bag
Foam/packing Peanuts FREE
Unpopped Bubble Wrap FREE

Note: Residential Styrofoam drop-offs are chargeable either by the piece or by volume

Are You Ready to Recycle Styrofoam? Let's Get Started!

Business Pickup

The prefect option for San Francisco Bay Area Businesses wanting to recycle Styrofoam or Polyethylene.

Residential Drop-off

If you are a San Francisco Bay Area resident and want to recycle your Styrofoam, you may drop it off at our Burlingame Eco-Center.

Green Directory

Out of San Francisco Bay Area? Check out the Green Directory to find your nearest recycling center.

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