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Styrofoam recycling event open to all

Posted 25 Dec 2013 — by sales
Category News
PROVINCETOWN —Styrofoam is rejected at most town recycling facilities on Cape Cod, but the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and the town of Barnstable have teamed up to host a one-day opportunity for the public to dispose of the material in an environmentally responsible way.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Barnstable Transfer Station, which is located at 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills. Representatives from ReFoamIt, the Leominster, Mass. business that will haul the Styrofoam away, will be on site to assist with the collection. Individuals and businesses are welcome, but businesses must register in advance by calling ReFoamIt at (508) 872-2323 or (508) 864-8723.

Styrofoam is lightweight and low in cost to produce, which explains why it is so commonly used in packaging and other products. Unfortunately, because Styrofoam is so light — it’s mostly air — and high volume it is expensive for towns to collect and transport to recycling markets. The process of burning Styrofoam produces toxic emissions and, therefore, it should not be discarded with trash if possible.

ReFoamIt “densifies” the material, turning it into heavy blocks, which are sold to vendors that repurpose the material into picture frames, car bumpers, plastic brackets and other products.

Densified Styrofoam Blocks Densified Styrofoam Blocks

To determine if a foam product is recyclable, look for the #6 recycling symbol with “PS” underneath. Common Styrofoam products that are recyclable include: produce and meat trays with the recycle symbol in the triangle (note: biodegradable trays do not have a recycle symbol); takeout containers (please rinse out first); hot cups, such as Dunkin’ Donuts beverage containers; foam egg cartons; and white insulation sheets.

ReFoamIt cannot accept the following items: plastic utensils; soft foam, such as pipe insulation; foam cups infused with cardboard or paper, such as those containing beverages sold at McDonald’s and Burger King; cardboard egg cartons; food containers with plastic film (some ground turkey comes in these containers); biodegradable produce and meat trays (for example, GenPak materials without the recycling symbol); blue or pink insulations sheets (unless full sized so they can be reused); Polypro, which looks like Styrofoam but has a #5 recycling symbol and bends instead of snapping; Super 8 film packing “peanuts”; bubble wrap; packing “peanuts,” which can be brought to a business that uses them, such as UPS.

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