Recycling and Reusing Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

by Chrystal Johnson on May 2, 2011

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There aren’t a lot of shopping options where we live, so I do the majority of my shopping online. I end up with a lot of Styrofoam packing peanuts, and I have been saving them because I didn’t want to throw them away and the garbage company here doesn’t recycle them.

I now have more than I could ever use, so I was looking for something to do with them. That’s when I came across the Plastic Loose Fill Council website. The Plastic Loose Fill Council (PLFC) was founded in 1991 to develop, promote and implement the original use and subsequent recovery, reuse and recycling of polystyrene loose fill, commonly known as “packing peanuts.”

They have a search mechanism that allows you to find a location in your area to drop off your leftover plastic packing peanuts. There are currently over 1,500 collection sites in the US. Unfortunately there isn’t one in my town so I’ll have to wait until we go off the mountain to drop mine off somewhere.

It looks like I need to try and talk the local UPS store into becoming a drop-off point…

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