What can I do with empty Styrofoam egg cartons?
Are Styrofoam peanuts recyclable?
Foam Packing Peanuts:
Packing peanuts can be made from a variety of materials and contaminate the recycled Polystyrene foam. Due to this fact, packing peanuts are not recyclable. The best way to divert foam packing peanuts from the landfill is to reuse them or donate them for reuse.
Can egg containers be recycled?
Egg cartons made of cardboard can be recycled just like other types of cardboard. You can also put cardboard egg cartons in a compost pile. They break down quickly and will help create rich fertilizer for your garden. You can also compost the egg shells!
Go to Earth911.com, 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.
According to environmental research blog Greenopedia, plastics labeled 1 and 2 can be recycled at almost every recycling center, but numbers 3, 6 and 7 usually cannot be recycled and can go directly in the trash.
EPS is made from petroleum, like most plastics. 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.
Why Styrofoam Egg Cartons Are Not Recycled
In a landfill, Styrofoam will take at least 500 years to biodegrade, if ever. Your curbside service won't recycle Styrofoam egg cartons, but some local governments and municipalities will accept them at specific locations and times.
Egg cartons are most commonly found made out of cardboard or foam but are sometimes made of plastic. The type of packaging depends on the manufacturer, and has no bearing on the taste or type of egg.