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Styrofoam Blocks

Styrofoam blocks are expanded polystyrene plastic which is often used to fit around electronics and appliances to cushion and protect.

Styrofoam recycling drop-off may be a good choice if you have a lot and you combine it with another trip to that area. Avoid or minimize purchases that you know will be packed in Styrofoam. Reach out to the company that you received the Styrofoam from and ask them to use another material, or a convenient means of recycling it. Support extended producer responsibility. Choose products that contain post-consumer recycled plastic.

Due to the light-weight nature of Styrofoam, food waste makes up most of the weight (30%) in our landfills. While it may feel bad to throw large volumes of Styrofoam in the garbage, eating food too-good-to-waste and composting food scraps has a bigger environmental impact by decreasing GHG emissions of food in the landfill. Source link.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Bay Polymer 44530 South Grimmer Rd Fremont Recycle Buyback Pick-up Commercial quantities.
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off From El Cerrito residents only, on Thursdays.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) & Peanut Drop-off Locations 1298 Cronson Blvd
Suite 201
Crofton Recycle Free Drop-off See website location finder. Call first. Fees may apply for large quantities.
FoamRecycle/Foamlinx 1248 Birchwood Dr. Sunnyvale Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Companies that have a large quantity of EPS foam (aka Styrofoam) for recycling can call 408-454-6163 (Toll Free 866-664-9311) for a full recycling cost assessment – on site or over the phone. For large quantities of foam, you can have a trailer delivered to your premises and then request pick up once it is filled. Call for pricing for on-demand or scheduled pickup. Schedule appointment to drop-off EPS foam (aka \"Styrofoam\") or Plastic # 6, placed in CLEAR bags for a fee of $10 per 30g trash bag. Make sure the foam is clean of any debris, nails or stickers and is completely dry. No peanuts or foam padding.
g2Revolution 8585 Pyott Road
Suite 100
Lake in the Hills Recycle Paid Mail-in Styrofoam coolers, insulated foam, styrofoam sheets, packing peanuts, styrofoam cups, roofing insulation
GreenCitizen 1831 Old Bayshore Hwy, Ste. #2 Burlingame Recycle Paid Drop-off $5 per 30 gallon bag. Only EPS #6 is accepted. Must be clean and dry.
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Landfill Paid Pick-up
Home for Foam - Foam #6 Recycler/Buyer Locator Mason Recycle Paid Drop-off
Mings Recycling 3495 Breakwater Court Hayward Recycle Buyback Drop-off, Buyback Pick-up Commercial quantity only of densified styrofoam
National Recycling Corp. (Oakland) 1312 Kirkham St. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Newby Island Landfill & Resource Recovery Park 1601 Dixon Landing Rd. Milpitas Recycle Free Drop-off Must be labeled with \"PS #6\". Place packaging foam and clean food service containers in separate bags. No styrofoam peanuts. - Plastics Recycling Directory PO Box 1327 Sonoma Recycle Buyback Mail-in, Paid Pick-up Online posting for commercial quantities
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off
Recology San Francisco Transfer Station Public Recycling and Disposal Drop Off 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Find collection area
Recycle1234: E-Waste & Solar Panel Recycling Center 33548 Central Ave Union City Recycle Paid Drop-off 65 cents/lb
Sonoco Protective Solutions 3466 Enterprise Ave Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off There are a couple of bins located adjacent to the Receiving dock, which is straight ahead on the left when driving into the facility. Neatly place Styrofoam blocks in bin.
Super Link Plastic, Inc. 888 92nd Ave Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Commercial quantity only. Must be clean with no stickers. Pick up of large quantities available for a fee.,Commercial quantity only.Must be clean with no stickers. Pick up of large quantities available for a fee.
Surplus Service 3090 Osgood Ct Fremont Recycle Paid Pick-up Rent/sell cages, balers,foam densifiers
Zarc International 26 South Linden Ave South San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off, Paid Pick-up EPS, XPS. Styrofoam compressor on site. Pick up for Commercial quantity. Drop off for public.

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