Packing Peanuts Alternative ways to recycle Put in Garbage Cart These stores accept and reuse clean packing peanuts: All American Mailbox Rentals4555 N. Pershing Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 | (209) 477-7557 Map & DirectionsBubble wrap, Styrofoam popcorn, plastic air bags, heavy Kraft paper. Pak Mail Centers of America4719 Quail Lakes Drive, Stockton, CA 95207 | (209) 478-9827 Map & DirectionsBubble wrap, popcorn, in any quantity. Must be clean. UPS Store Location #1:1163 E. March Lane, Stockton, CA 95210 | (209) 474-1731 Map & DirectionsBubble wrap and Styrofoam popcorn, but it must be clean. Location #2:6507 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 | (209) 957-3067Map & Directions Bubble wrap and Styrofoam popcorn, but it must be clean. Leah’s Postal Center6333 Pacific Center, Stockton, CA 95207 | (209) 474-6245Map & Directions Postal Plus 2339 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95209 | (209) 954-0426Map & Directions Packing Peanuts Are Not Recyclable Packing peanuts, which are made from plastic #6, never biodegrade. Because they are so light, they are also difficult to contain. They often fly out of the trash as well as landfills, contaminating the environment. Choose Green If you have to use packing peanuts, try to pick the green ones. Some are made from recycled materials, and some are starch-based and biodegradable. The pink and white ones are made from 70 percent raw materials and won’t break down. Alternative Ways to Recycle 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 foam packaging. Ways to Reduce Use Paper Instead Rather than purchasing packing peanuts, use a more sustainable alternative to protect your shipped items, like paper or newspaper that was headed for the recycling. You can also try using shredded paper, which is difficult to recycle. Packing Boxes With Mushrooms Replace your packaging with a green alternative: Ecovative Design has developed bricks of organic waste that are injected with mushroom spores. They are biodegradable and will decompose in a month, unlike foam, which cannot fully biodegrade. Ways to Reuse Save for Next Time Packing peanuts are easily reusable. Just save them and next time you ship something that needs protection, use the packing peanuts again. Reuse Foam at Home Use foam to refill cushions or stuffed animals that have lost their loft. Take Them to a Mail Store Some mail stores will accept packing peanuts and other packing materials for reuse. It depends on policies and current supply, so call ahead to ask.