Polystyrene Foam Collection

Organize a Polystyrene Foam Collection Day

Read About Why Polystyrene is a Problem Issue

Step 1. Read the following resources from the Equinox Project: Guide for Polystyrene Reduction Policies and Recommendations for Reducing or Banning Foam Foods Service Containers. This resource Guide for Alternatives to Foam Food Containers may also be helpful.

Explore Options to Recycle Polystyrene Foam

Step 2. Explore the options for recycling polystyrene foam at Gold Circuit (Palmer, MA) and Save That Stuff Boston, MA), including fees to drop off material. Explore the Resources list below to read more.

In New Hampshire, as of July 2022 you can recycle polystyrene in Gilford. Read this article for more details.

Determine Facility and What to Collect

Step 3. Determine which facility is closest to you, and which types of foam to collect.

Find Organization to Collaborate With

Step 4. Find an organization to collaborate with such as a Rotary Club, school environmental group, church, or solid waste facility. Sustainable Lebanon partnered with Lebanon Rotary and Ledyard Bank: PDF of their handout "Get Involved with Saving the Planet with Sustainable Lebanon!"

Schedule Collection Date

Step 5. Select a date and location for the collection.

Arrange Transportation

Step 6. Arrange for transportation to one of the recycling locations.

Advertise

Step 7. Advertise in local papers, radio, TV, social media, listservs (sample press release from Lebanon, NH); news article about Lebanon collection.


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Collect and Deliver Materials

Step 8. Collect the polystyrene foam and deliver materials to one of the recycling locations.


This photo carousel shows a portion of the amount of polystyrene that enthusiastic volunteers collected on April 16, 2022 in Lebanon, NH.

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