Styrofoam is a trade name for expanded polystyrene (EPS). Styrofoam is hard to recycle because it takes up so much space relative to its weight, and few markets exist.
The Solid Waste District accepts white, formed blocks of Styrofoam. No Styrofoam sheeting, peanuts, colored foam, food trays or egg cartons. We are located at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.
Some city service departments also offer a Styrofoam drop-off for residents (Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Lakewood, Shaker Heights). Find details for your community.
Some UPS Stores also accept formed blocks of Styrofoam plus air pillows, packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Please check with your local store.
Are you a business? Businesses can have large quantities of Styrofoam blocks picked up and recycled via local specialized companies. Extreme Green Recycling at 1321 Lloyd Road in Wickliffe picks up different grades of non-food Styrofoam from businesses. 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. See a list in our Business Recycling Directory.