Recycling In Action


  • Colleges Add Innovative Foam Recycling Options

    As the “back to school” chaos of September returns and colleges are back in session, schools are continuing to find innovative methods to improve their recycling programs on campus. Larger schools across the country are launching new polystyrene foam collection efforts to their students, staff, and local communities.

    University of Colorado

  • Store Revolutionizes Recycling Model

    Shopping for recyclable and recycled products can be a headache for consumers and businesses alike. Recology CleanScapes is looking to change that. The store recently opened in Bothell, WA and offers their customers a completely green line of products. In addition to offering up-cycled, recycled and re-purposed products, Recology CleanScapes also offers recycling drop off for products like polystyrene foam, electronics and metal. 

  • Build Your Home FROM Foam

    With a rapidly growing market, the uses for recycled polystyrene continue to grow. Companies are using it for things like picture frames, surfboards and gardening supplies. Now, one company in Portland, Oregon is building homes FROM foam.

  • Foam Recycling Coalition Gives Grant to Nova Scotia Community

    Recycling polystyrene cups, plates, packaging materials, egg cartons and meat trays will become much easier in Colchester County in Nova Scotia thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.

    Colchester is the second community to receive a grant from the FRC and the Foodservice Packaging Institute. They plan to use the grant to upgrade their facilities and purchase new polystyrene recycling equipment to compress and ship polystyrene.

  • Mil-tek puts the squeeze on polystyrene

    One of the common questions people have about polystyrene foam recycling is “How do you transport the foam effectively?”

    Since polystyrene foam is 90% air, it is too light to transport without compressing it into a more manageable size.  Mil-tek in the United Kingdom has solved this efficiency problem by using presses and balers to crush the foam into smaller more efficient sizes. With their machinery they are able to reduce the volume of foam products by 95%!