Foam, which is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including food containers, coffee cups, packaging material, and egg cartons. Many communities across California collect this material, along with aluminum cans, glass bottles, newspapers, and other recyclable items in their recycling bins, which are picked up by the city’s waste service.
With the holiday season approaching, many families will be looking for responsible ways to dispose of gift packaging.
To best recycle foam, here are some tips:
First look for the triangle on the bottom of the material. If there is a 6 inside of the triangle, then you can recycle it.
Before you recycle, please remove any tape, labels, and for food containers, wipe or rinse the food from the container.
Place foam in your curbside recycling container.
By recycling your foam, you give it a chance at a second life. Manufacturers can use recycled foam in a variety of way including: picture frames, crown molding, baseboards, nursery packaging, and pens.
For more information and a list of foam recycling locations please visit Go Foam’s website.