Where can I recycle styrofoam in Chicago?
Styrofoam can be dropped off 24/7 at the Dart Collection Center, open 24/7.
Boy, are we thankful to finally have a good answer.
Dart Container Corp has opened a collection center for residents and businesses to recycle polystyrene foam (aka: PS #6 foam or Styrofoam). They accept foam in any form except for packing peanuts*. Coolers, cups, foam packing blocks, egg cartons, plates and to-go containers are all game, they can be droped off 24/7, rain or shine. Reminder, polystyrene is not recyclable in the Blue Cart.
Polystyrene foam can be recycled into some surprising things like picture frames, baseboards, and crown moldings.
* Most shipping stores (like UPS and FedEx) accept packing peanuts for reuse.
How to participate
• ensure your foam has the little "6" chasing arrows symbol
• 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 name of a product manufactured by Dow. Styrofoam was originally adopted in 1942 by the U.S. Coast Guard for use in a six-man life raft.
Dart Container Corp, 7575 S. Kostner Ave. The drop-off location is on the Southeast corner of the building on 76th Street. Look for the sign and big metal cage.
Dart Container Corporation
Updated images: June'17