Recycle & Reuse Styrofoam
Clean Styrofoam #6 EPS (formed packing material) can be recycled at Extreme Green Recycling at 1321 Lloyd Road in Wickliffe. The material is densified into Styrofoam bricks and sold to manufacturers to be made into insulation, picture frames or crown molding. They also make Styrofoam beads that are sold to a local stuffed toy manufacturer.
The Solid Waste District accepts white, formed blocks of Styrofoam (no Styrofoam sheeting, peanuts, colored foam, food trays or egg cartons) at our facility at 4750 East 131 St. in Garfield Heights. A marked collection bin is located in the lobby; hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Some city service departments also offer a Styrofoam drop-off for residents, including:
- Cleveland Heights
- Shaker Heights
Food grade Styrofoam "clamshell" containers, cups, and trays cannot be recycled here in Northeast Ohio.
Styrofoam peanuts from packaging can be taken to Northcoast Recycling, 1305 Lloyd Road in Wickliffe. For more information, call 440.943.6968. Packing peanuts can also be donated to a store that ship packages like the UPS stores. Or reuse it as your own packing material.
Drop off extra packing peanuts at local private mailing centers. Call the Plastic Loose Fill Council's Peanut Hotline at 1.800.828.2214 for the names of local businesses that reuse them. Stores often offer discounts for returning packing materials like cartons and boxes.