Recycle Right

Polystyrene

Unfortunately, polystyrene is a type of plastic material that is not recyclable with your residential recyclables in Franklin County. As a result, these items should NOT be put into your residential recycling bin or drop-off container but should be disposed with your residential trash. Common polystyrene items include take-out food containers, packing materials in boxes, and packing peanuts.

WHY CAN’T THIS BE RECYCLED?

While the technology exists to recycle polystyrene (technically, “expanded polystyrene” or EPS), limited markets for the material and challenges with transportation costs have prevented viable recycling options for residents. (Since the material is so light weight, transportation costs can be prohibitively high.) You may have noticed that more companies are moving away from polystyrene packing materials to more sustainable options due to these issues.

QUICK TIPS

Do you know of a good reuse option for polystyrene? Please share it with SWACO at info@swaco.org!


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