27 June 2011

Good News About Recycling Styrofoam

A while ago, I looked into recycling styrofoam and learned that it can be recycled, but it's costly and there aren't many places that do it -- and Austin's curbside, single-stream pickup definitely doesn't. But then a neighbor told me about a place not far from us that specializes in styrofoam products. That was great news, as it was time to finally recycle all of the boxes from our light fixtures, which we had stashed up in the garage attic (you know, in case of a packing material emergency).

The boxes are full of styrofoam, and not only did I not want to send it all to the landfill, but it would probably have taken three months of garbage days to send it all away in our little garbage bin. So Cycled Plastics, just a few miles north of us, was the perfect solution.

They accept styrofoam as well as various other plastic products, and it's really easy to drop off at their warehouse. A sign on the front door points to a bunch of bins just inside the door where everything is collected.

And the other day, I saw this sign proudly proclaiming that Cycled Plastics has adopted a stretch of road near their facility:

So it's a company that does good for the world in more than one way. Anyway, last week, I loaded my car up with styrofoam. The funny thing? I was going to Dallas for the day and planned to make my drop-off on the way back from the airport, so I drove all the way out there with my car looking like this:

(It was kind of dangerous, actually. I couldn't see anything out the back. I have no idea how bus drivers and truckers do it. Fortunately, it was early and there weren't many cars on the road.)

Those cardboard boxes? Also full of styrofoam:

It was seriously packed in (there was so much that it didn't all fit, so I'll have to make another trip in the next couple of weeks):

My "passenger" spent the day in the car at airport parking:

Glad to have that dropped off and out of my life -- and to know that it's going to be made into new styrofoam packaging for a stereo or glassware or someone else's light fixtures.

If you're not in Austin, Google might be able to point you to a facility that recycles styrofoam.

Note from the future: Unfortunately, that facility is now closed, but HDI Plastics, Inc. has a drop-off location at 5330 Fleming Court #100 (near the airport).

1 comment:

  1. Devon: Thank you commenting on my blog about building around the corner from you. I just finished reading your entire blog (Whew!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although stylistically we're on different planets, we're rowing the same boat when it comes to green. I definitely learned some things about what to do (and not do) through your blog. Thank you. We had been thinking about geothermal (and still do from time to time), but tapped the breaks a bit when the city expressed some concerns about heat loading. It's good to hear your system is working well and so impressively. -Bubba