How to Responsibly Avoid Landfilling Foam Plastic #6 (Polystyrene)

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Foam plastic #6, also known as polystyrene, is a common material that can be found in various forms such as foam cups, food containers, and packaging materials. While foam plastic #6 is not accepted in most curbside recycling programs, there are still responsible ways to avoid sending it to the landfill:

  • Reuse: Foam plastic #6 can be reused for crafts or as protective padding. If the foam plastic is still in good condition, consider donating it to local schools, community centers, or shipping stores that may be able to reuse it.
  • Drop-off recycling: Many recycling facilities and drop-off locations accept foam plastic #6 for recycling. Check with your local recycling center or waste management facility to see if they accept foam plastic #6 and where you can drop it off.

It is important to note that foam plastic #6 is not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. Improper disposal of foam plastic #6 can contribute to litter and pollution. Avoid burning foam plastic as it can release toxic gases.