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The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility (HCCRF) has reopened. 

Where can I recycle styrofoam in Chicago?

The new Dart collection center, open 24/7. 

Polystyrene foam, commonly called "styrofoam" is not recyclable in the Blue Cart

Happily, the Dart Container Corp has opened a collection center for residents and businesses to recycle it. They accept polystyrene foam in any form except for packing peanuts*.  Coolers, cups, foam packing blocks, egg cartons, and clean plates and to-go containers are welcome.  

Polystyrene foam can be recycled into some surprising things like picture frames, baseboards, and crown moldings.

Pro tip for packing peanuts:  Call your favorite mom and pop shipping store to see if they can reuse your packing peanuts. UPS store no-longer accepts peanuts from residents because they've switched to air pillows.   

How to participate

•  ensure all your foam pieces have the little triangle with a "6"
•  rinse or wipe food from containers
•  remove straws, lids, tape - everything that's not PS foam
•  put the foam in a transparent bag and seal it 

The bag is necessary to keep pieces from floating away and becoming litter. 

Businesses with large deliveries should call 773-838-2515 and ask for facilities.

Good to know:  Although PS #6 foam is commonly referred to as "styrofoam", it's not styrofoam at all. Styrofoam® is the brand name of an industrial product manufactured by Dow Chemical. Styrofoam was originally adopted in 1942 by the U.S. Coast Guard for use in a six-man life raft.

When and Where: 

The Dart Container Corp is located at 7575 S. Kostner Ave.  The drop-off dumpster is on the  Southeast corner of the building on 76th Street. Look for the sign and big metal cage.  Drop-off is available 24/7 rain or shine. 

Sources:
Recycling Today 
Dart Container Corporation

Updated: Oct. '18

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