Can we recycle Styrofoam in Tewksbury and if not what can we do with it?

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We do not recycle Styrofoam (actually Expanded Polystyrene or “EPS”) here in Tewksbury as part of our current program, but you might want to check out the following links:

The Plastic Loose Fill Council offers a toll-free Peanut Hotline; call (800) 828-2214 or click here to find out which of the 1,500 peanut collection sites are located closest to you. (Type in Massachusetts not the zip code)

Here’s how one facility handles the blocks of EPS

You can also check with Earth 911.  This currently covers places that take packing peanuts, but could get updated at any time to cover the blocks of EPS.

Also, there is a new type of packing popcorn that is made from corn starch. It melts in water and is biodegradable.  If anyone wants to make the extra effort, the next time you receive those little EPS buggers, you should call or write to the company and ask them to consider using the 'environmentally-friendly' corn starch popcorn instead of the EPS popcorn.

We held a test Styrofoam collection day and it was quite successful, so keep looking for more information on future events!