Polystyrene Foam Recycling Directory

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In 2015, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), American Chemistry Council (ACC) worked with a variety of partners to create and populate an online directory of private and municipal recycling options for polystyrene foam.

PSFoamRecycling.org allows users to enter a zip code or search an interactive map to find recycling programs. The site differentiates between programs that accept protective foam packaging (typically used for transporting electronics and other high-end products), programs that collect foam food packaging (such as coffee cups, clamshell containers, egg cartons, and meat trays), and programs that collect both types of packaging. It also identifies whether the foam packaging is collected at curbside or drop-off programs.

Access to foam polystyrene recycling is growing across the U.S. and Canada and so is the demand for recycled polystyrene by manufacturers. Click here to see case studies about successful foam polystyrene programs. 

Access to curbside and drop-off recycling programs for foam polystyrene packaging is growing across the U.S. and Canada. However, it is not yet widespread, so the site also provides links to organizations that allow people to ship their foam polystyrene for recycling.