Recycling In Action


  • Medical Coolers Get New Life with Mail Back Program

    Medical coolers, which maintain critical temperatures for health care products, are getting a new life thanks to a mail back recycling program.

    Medical coolers are commonly made with foam #6 to provide insulation for medications and vaccines during transit to hospitals, clinics and medical offices across the country.

    In efforts to recycle these important tools, JML Recycling expanded its recycling program to offer an innovative mail back option. The program is simple: each medical cooler arrives with a pre-paid shipping label for easy return to a recycling facility.

  • Kirkland to Host ‘StyroFest’ this Holiday Season

    It is getting to be that time of year when holiday gift giving produces large amounts of polystyrene foam and packaging materials. Instead of throwing polystyrene foam products into the trash, residents in Kirkland, Washington are participating in ‘StyroFest.’

    Over four specific weekends from Thanksgiving to the beginning of March, Kirkland residents will be able to dispose of their used foam for recycling at the city’s Public Works Maintenance Center.

  • Montreal Takes California’s Lead on Recycling Styrofoam

    After a successful three month trial, Montreal has decided to continue its post-consumer polystyrene recycling pilot project for an entire year. With the support of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the project will last for four seasons, making it more efficient and allowing it to provide more accurate data with regards to costs.

  • California Schools Get Smart About Recycling Foam #6

    In California’s Los Alamitos Unified School District, students are gaining a better understanding of how to create a more sustainable environment. Each month, all six of the district’s elementary schools participate in a program in which they recycle 12,500 lunch trays to help reduce waste.

  • Foam Recycling at Aflac

    Foam #6 cup recycling programs are available for any restaurant or other business that produces foam cup waste. This video from Aflac follows two foam cups through the recycling process, from collection of post-consumer foam to the manufacture of new plastic products.