Question: Can hard Styrofoam be recycled?

Yes, you can put Styrofoam in the recycling bin in some areas. However, there are many local governments who do not accept it in their curbside recycling programs.

Is hard Styrofoam recyclable?

Since polystyrene is comprised of petroleum, it does have properties that make it technically recyclable. But EPS is also comprised of more than 90% air, which makes it lightweight and bulky. These properties mean the collection and transportation impacts of recycling EPS often outweigh the environmental benefits.

Why is it difficult to recycle Styrofoam?

The main problem is its not cost-effective to collect a material thats so bulky and light, and breaks apart so easily, contaminating other recyclables. And there arent a lot of buyers once its collected.

What can I do with Styrofoam egg cartons?

Polystyrene can be recycled into a number of applications, including reforming into egg cartons once again, license plate frames, foam utensils or packing peanuts and thermal insulation.

What can you do with a lot of Styrofoam?

Donate it. Go to, type in polystyrene and your zip code, and it will tell you where your closest drop-off site is. The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR) has a list of centers that will accept your excess EPS via mail.

Can you paint Styrofoam egg cartons?

Styrofoam cuts easily and takes spray paint, paint pens, markers and acrylics well, so designing and decorating the egg carton crafts is a breeze.

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