Between take-out packaging filled with leftovers, empty foam cups from your holiday cup of joe, and foam packaging used to protecting new electronics such as TVs during shipping, individuals accumulate a wide variety of polystyrene foam products during the holiday season. Luckily foam is recyclable, and this year churches and businesses in New York City have come together to hold a free “Post-Holiday Foam Drop-Off Drive.” The recycling event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on January 9 at the following locations:
- Manhattan- Council Member Dickens will be hosting this event. It will take place at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building- Loading dock on West 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in the Harlem neighborhood.
- Staten Island- Council Member Rose will be hosting this event. It will take place at Christ Church New Brighton on Franklin Avenue in the parking lot, around the corner on Fillmore Street.
- Bronx- Council Member Cabrera will be hosting the event. It will take place at Kingsbridge Armory on 10 west 195th Street on the of corner of Reservoir St.
- Jamaica Queens- Council Member Wills will be hosting the event. The location will be announced at a later date.
- Brooklyn- Council Member Maisel will be hosting the event. It will take place at Nick's Lobster 2777 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234 in the parking lot off the Belt Parkway.
Participants can bring their foam food containers and foam packaging from their electronics to the event, including drink cups, food trays, clamshell containers and foam packaging products. If you would like to recycle your polystyrene foam, make sure the foam has the #6 resin identification code stamped on the material, and that all straws, lids, tape or any other non-foam material is removed.
Give your foam products new life by choosing to participate in this highly anticipated drive. Recycling foam will help divert the material from landfills and the polystyrene will be reprocessed into new consumer items like picture frames, baseboards, and much more. If you are outside the New York City area, check out our to find locations near you.