Takeout Containers (Styrofoam)

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The Problem with Polystyrene and Other Non-Recyclable Plastics

Polystyrene and other non-recyclable plastics are a serious and readily preventable source of marine debris pollution. Many of these products are both lightweight and aerodynamic, so they are easily blown into gutters and storm drains even when “properly” disposed of. They are also very brittle, so when littered they quickly break into smaller and smaller pieces making cleanup impossible.

Once broken down in fresh water and marine environments, many of these products can kill fish and other wildlife because they resemble food and cause choking or starvation if ingested. 

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Throw Away #6 Styrofoam

Hard plastic #6 is often accepted at recycling facilities, but foam plastic #6 is not. Throw these containers away, even if they are marked as

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Recycle With Home for Foam

Visit Home for Foam to see if there is a foam recycler in your area. These recyclers will accept many foam products, including beverage and food containers. Find out more.

Did You Know?

The Preferred Takeout Container

Out of all the types of takeout containers—aluminum, cardboard, plastic and styrofoam—aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while styrofoam is the most difficult.

No Such Thing as a Styrofoam Cup

Styrofoam is a brand name, not a type of plastic. Dow Chemical Company, who manufactures the real Styrofoam, makes insulation and not those white plastic cups, trays or containers that most people call styrofoam.