Styrofoam is a recyclable item but it’s often challenging to find a location to recycle. It can be re-used as packing material or recycled to create new plastic products. The Styrofoam that can be recycled will have the recycling image with either #6 or EPS. You’ll find it used as packaging for new electronic products, appliances, computers, monitors, furniture. It’s also commonly used for picnic and shipping coolers. When recycling, make sure the Styrofoam is clean, dry and doesn’t have any tape or labels.
Some cities have limited Styrofoam pickup as part of waste management services. The city of Seattle offers recycling of Styrofoam blocks at no cost when scheduled as a special collections pickup. Only Styrofoam blocks are accepted for recycling.