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FREE Holiday Styrofoam™ Recycling Dec. 30, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

Did you receive a gift this holiday season packed in Styrofoam™? Bring your bulky Styrofoam™ blocks to the City of Auburn’s 2nd FREE Holiday Styrofoam™ Recycling Collection Event from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014 at the south parking lot (12th St. SE & J St. SE) of Les Gove Park. Collection carts will be located in the northwest corner of the parking lot near the (free) used cooking oil collection container. Residents can access the collection site during daylight hours.

“After the holidays we get many calls from residents asking where they can recycle their Styrofoam™. Customers can incur extra garbage charges if they over flow their garbage cart, so having a FREE collection event for the material is a win-win for everyone.” said Kathleen Edman, the City’s Solid Waste Customer Care Specialist. “An added bonus from the event is that we are reducing the amount of Styrofoam™ going to the landfill and increasing the amount being recycled by our event partner, Styro Recycle, LLC of Renton.”


To identify Styrofoam™ blocks, look for the #6 or “EPS” inside the recycling symbol. Or, bend the material – it should “snap” fairly easily and release tiny beads. Remember, clean Styrofoam™ blocks only. Please, NO Styrofoam™ cups, food or meat trays, foam sheeting, plastic wrap, plastic bags, packing peanuts, or any other plastics. Clean, dry packing “peanuts” are accepted for re-use at most local parcel shipping outlets year-round.

The Styrofoam™ blocks will be recycled through Styro Recycle, LLC. This local company heats and compresses the blocks into dense material, which manufacturers use to make new plastic products.

Large quantities of Styrofoam™ blocks and blocks from businesses should be taken directly to Styro Recycle, LLC, 800 SW 43rd St. in Renton (on the alley west of IKEA’s parking lot). This site operates year-round and accepts clean Styrofoam™ for free. For more information, visit www.styrorecycle.com or call 253.838.9555.

Want to know how to recycle other items? Please visit: www.kingcounty.gov/whatdoidowith.

For more information on waste reduction and recycling in Auburn, visit www.auburnwa.gov/solidwaste.