Foam Plastic #6 (Polystyrene)

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Garbage Cart

There are different types of plastic #6. Foam plastic #6 IS NOT accepted in your curbside recycling cart.

Instead of placing foam in the trash cart, take it to the following locations for recycling:

  • Electronics Recycling Events in San Joaquin County hosted by Onsite Electronics accept and recycle block foam. Packaging peanuts are not accepted. Upcoming Electronics Recycling Events are listed on the E-Waste page.
  • Dart Container Corporation at 1400 E. Victor Road in Lodi accepts clean food and transporation foam for recycling. Drop-off is free and open to the public.
If you are unable to take the foam to a facility for recycling, please throw it away in the trash.

Help Prevent Litter

Plastic #6 is a lightweight material that easily finds its way into the environment, where it can leach toxic chemicals. Make sure plastic #6 doesn’t blow away by disposing of it properly.


Takeout Containers Are Not Recyclable

Foam takeout containers are generally not recyclable. Even where certain foam products are recycled, takeout containers are often not accepted because they are difficult to sanitize.


Packing Peanuts Are Not Recyclable

Packing peanuts are generally not recyclable. There are many alternatives for recyclable packaging material. Find out how to dispose of packing peanuts.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

home for foam

Recycle With Home for Foam

Visit Home for Foam to see if there is a foam recycler in your area. These recyclers will accept many foam products, including beverage and food containers. Find out more.

styrofoam accepted by EPS

Recycle Foam Packaging With EPS

Send your foam peanuts and hard packaging to EPS Industry Alliance Packaging, which offers a foam recycling alternative. Find a drop off location or mail in clean foam packaging to the nearest collection facility.

Ways to Reuse

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Reuse Foam at Home

Use foam to refill cushions or stuffed animals that have lost their loft. You can also use foam to line the bottom of your potted plants—you won’t need as much soil and it will allow water to drain easily.

Did You Know?

Plankton Eating Polystyrene

In the ocean, plastic is being consumed all the way down the food chain. For the first time ever, scientists have recorded plankton eating tiny polystyrene beads. Find out more at New Scientist.

Plastic in Our Bodies

Styrene, a component of polystyrene, has been found in 100 percent of human fat tissue samples dating back to 1986. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and suspected to be both cancerous and a neurotoxin for humans. Find out more from