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Transfer Stations Now Accept More Types of Packing Foam For Recycling

How to Recycle Packing Foam

Good news for Clark County residents! Waste Connections has partnered with Earth Friendly Recycling to accept more types of packing foam for recycling at all three transfer stations. Foams may never break down so it is important to reduce their use when possible. When use is unavoidable, recycling the materials keeps them out of the landfill. Learn more about which types of foam are accepted and where to drop-off materials.  

Which types of packing foams are accepted?

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or Block Foam

#6 expanded polystyrene foam is rigid, white, and snaps when bent. This packing foam is commonly referred to as Styrofoam. 

Polypropylene (PP) Foam

Sometimes marked #5, this foam is less common but looks similar to block foam and also breaks when bent. Any color of this foam is accepted.

Polyethylene (PE) Foam

This #4 foam is less common and has a spongy texture that will not break when bent. Any color is accepted. If you need to get rid of old pool noodles, bring them to a transfer station to be recycled!

Clark County Transfer Stations

Residents may drop off accepted packing foam in designated collection bins for free during business hours listed below. Businesses will have to pay a minimal fee to drop off foam. Foam needs to be placed in clear, plastic bags, with white block foam bagged separately from other packing foam types. For recycling large quantities of foam (more than 3-4 yards), please call the transfer station before arrival.

 6601 NW Old Lower River Rd

360.737.1727

Monday – Friday 6am to 6pm

Saturday 8am to 4pm

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11034 NE 117th Ave

360.256.8482

Monday – Friday 6am to 6pm

Saturday & Sunday 8am to 4pm

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4020 S Grant St

360.835.2500

Wednesday and Friday 7am to 5pm

Saturday 8am to 4pm

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What happens to the packing foam collected?

Once these materials are received by Earth Friendly Recycling, the high air content of the foam plastic is released as they are melted into blocks. The material is then turned into beads, which are sold to factories who incorporate them into new products such as picture frames and crown moldings.

Which types of foam are not accepted?

There are still many types of foam that are not accepted for recycling at the transfer stations such as: expanding spray foam, polyurethane, extruded polystyrene, starch based foam, foam hot tub covers, packing peanuts, biodegradable foam, and contaminated foam. These items should be disposed of as garbage if you cannot find an opportunity to reuse them.

Do not place any type of foam in your curbside recycling cart. The lightweight foam easily breaks into smaller pieces contaminating other recyclables or escaping to become litter.

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