Foam Recycling is Now Available - Town of Gilford Serving as HUB and Will Collect Loose Foam Material from General Public
The Town of Gilford has a new Foam Recycling Program that is open to the general public. The vision for this program is a hub and spoke system. Gilford is the HUB and will collect loose foam material from anyone. The SPOKES are the public works facilities and rotary clubs who collect the foam. Why should you consider this? Because foam wastes space in your MSW trailers and removing it will make room for more MSW and heavier loads will be able to be shipped out, meaning you’ll save money in your hauling costs over the year. Plus it won’t go in the landfills and residents want to recycle it but there was no way to do that before in New Hampshire.
There are several ways this program works:
Educate your residents on this available program in Gilford and let them know they can drop off foam here at Gilford DPW anytime as we have collection bins in our parking lot. That’s it – just share our flyers and link our website on yours. (www.gilfordnh.org/recycleright)
Budget for and purchase a collection bin for foam (approx. $3k for one bin) which are very similar to the clothing and book collection bins. (Foam Recycling Bin website) Consider applying for a grant such as NH the Beautiful to help fund this.
Contact your local rotary club and ask them to hold a foam collection event (either during hours at your recycling center or at a separate location). This project concept was initiated by the district governors of the New England rotary clubs so many of them are already aware of it.
Become a HUB location like us and finance a new densifier system and start collection foam which has a value of ~ $900/ton including transportation.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. Reach out to discuss the options above and which one fits your community best. You can forward this email right to your local Rotary Club (just google their email address) or your Selectboard if you want to gauge interest in starting a form of this program in your community. Our community has been very excited about this and we are starting to schedule drop offs from other towns for collection events that they are holding. Excited to see where we are in a year from now and how much foam we have collected. To date we have 1.5 tons of densified foam (aka “ingots”).
For more information, contact Meghan Theriault, P.E., Director of Public Works, Gilford Public Works / 55 Cherry Valley Road / Gilford, NH 03249. Direct: (603) 527-4783 / Cell: (603) 365-6160