What Can I Do With… Styrofoam

What Can I Do With… Styrofoam

The dreaded Styrofoam. It sneaks into your life by way of product packaging, take-out containers, and mailed parcels. The next thing you know, it’s taking up space in your trash can (since Austin is not currently set up to recycle styrofoam through single stream recycling) and being carted off to the landfill. To live. Forever and ever.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. While Austin Creative Reuse also cannot accept styrofoam, you can find a new home for it with a tiny bit of effort.

Donate

Donate packing peanuts at your nearest UPS store.

Freecycle or give away packing peanuts on Craigslist.

Recycle

You can also recycle all styrofoam (free for drop-off only) at:

Texas Disposal Systems
3016 FM 1327
Buda, TX 78610

TDS accepts styrofoam, but they must be clean of food residue, plastic film, tape and labeling and not in bags.

(Updated and accurate as of July 2015)

Comments

  • Sdfgsdf | Apr 6,2014

    It’s awesome that you care for the paenlt. It’d be great if people tried to use alternatives to conserve the earth. Here’s some ideas you may be able to use. Just remeber hairspray ain’t gonna be much a difference here’s some of the bigger issues.1. get a car ( larger vehicles use up more gasoline) possibly one that doesn’t need oil. You also get some tax incentive benefit out of that or something and can use the carpool lane w/ a single person.2. get Energy Saver products like washers, dryers, lightbulbs and anything else when purchasing something new.3. there are windows that are energy saving that you can research and look for4.showers not baths5. Don’t leave the lights/computers/tv on if you’re not using them.6.use fans instead of air conditioners7.battery operated stuff versus something you plug into a socket.8.plastic bags over paper. Recycle those plastic bags by using them as small trash bags for your bathroom trash can.its the corporations and factors and stuff that can do alot just by turning off the lights and computers when they leave work for the night but one step at a time I suppose

  • Charlie | Jul 11,2015

    As of July 11, 2015, Ecology Action does not take styrofoam. They state this on their outgoing phone message…

  • Amy | Jul 1,2017

    If you are a resident of the City of Austin, you can drop off clean styrofoam at the Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center.
    Address: 2514 Business Center Dr, Austin, TX 78744
    Phone: (512) 974-4343