Redding, CA is one step closer to making its city a waste free society. The Foam Recycling Coalition granted Redding $49,000, allowing businesses and residents the opportunity to recycle polystyrene foam. Due to this grant, the City’s Solid Waste Transfer Station was able to purchase and install a foam densifier.
A foam densifier is used to compact loose foam products into dense blocks, so that they can be transported to end markets that will then recycle them into new products.
This program starts immediately as the City will accept all foam polystyrene products at the recycling drop-off area at the Transfer Station located at 2255 Abernathy Lane. Polystyrene cups, egg cartons, meat trays, and take-out containers will be accepted. However, foam peanuts will not be accepted.
Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, which houses the coalition said, “Redding has been persistent in getting this program from development into implementation. We are looking forward to tracking their continued progress and use this as a case-study for foam polystyrene recycling program development.”
This new foam recycling program will reach over 26,000 households in the city.
“We are very excited about this new program and are asking residents to help us make the program a success by following the guidelines for what materials we can accept, and only dropping off packaging and foam containers that are empty and clean. Our website and Waste Wizard have been updated to provide education about foam recycling,” according to Christina Piles, Public Works Supervisor for the City of Redding.