Easy Ways to Recycle Packing Peanuts

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Are you finding packing peanuts all over the place after holiday gift-giving?  Of course, it’s always a good time jumping into a heaping pile of packing peanuts, but if you’re looking for more practical solutions, we offer those too.  You can store and reuse them the next time you need to protect the contents of a special gift, but if there’s just too many to save, you can recycle them at one of 1500 locations across the U.S. too.

Recyclers only accept the plastic peanuts made from polystyrene.  (There are also plant-based peanuts which dissolve in water and will biodegrade).  Here’s where you can recycle those pesky plastic packing peanuts:

The Plastic Loose Fill Council lets you find a drop-off center near you.  Sites include select Mail Boxes, etc. stores, The UPS Store, and many small postal service companies.  You can also call the Peanut Hotline at 1-800-828-2214.
To recycle rigid foam packaging materials from computers, toys, TVs, light fixtures, vacuum cleaners, ink & toner cartridges, etc., visit the EPS Industry Alliance website.   They offer 200 drop-off locations where your expanded polystyrene (EPS) will be recycled into new foam packaging or consumer goods like cameras, coat hangers, cd cases, picture frames and more.

photo above courtesy of The Shipping Place


Tag(s): Gift Ideas, Recycling


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