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…

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kat Wages May 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

I called the UPS store down the road, and ask if they wanted them. They said yes indeed, and they took 8 large boxes off my hands.
FedEx store/UPS store, they will both gladly take them from you. I did have to drop them off, but it was well worth it. I too did not want to throw them away. Recycle, recycle, recycle! :)

Loving your page <3 Kat


2 Elizabeth Bender May 3, 2011 at 6:24 am

I had no idea there were organized drop off points! I have a friend who runs a home based business with her and her husband and they are always in need of packing materials, so I give them all of my extras. She actually has her workplace materials management save all of their incoming packing materials too! It’s great to hear of people re-using and recylcing!!!


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