Foam Recycling Basics

The process to recycle foam is similar to that of other recyclables. In the case of foam products, a special compactor – called a “densifier” – may be used in the processing of the material. Why? Foam products are over 90% air, so densifying it allows the material to be sold and transported more cost-effectively. To give you an example, a 48-foot truckload of baled foam polystyrene weighs only around 16,000 pounds, whereas a truckload of densified foam polystyrene weighs 40,000 pounds.


Foam Recycling Overview

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where to recycle foam

The availability of programs offering foam polystyrene recycling is growing across the U.S. and Canada. Use this map to find a recycling collection program in the United States or Canada that accepts foam polystyrene food packaging, transport packaging or both for recycling.


Foam Recycling Process