FOAM RECYCLING PROGRAM STARTS AFTER RECEIVING $50,000 GRANT
St. Lucie County, FL, received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to install a foam densifier, enabling the recycling program to begin accepting clean foam packaging from televisions, appliances, computers, and furniture, as well as clean foodservice packaging, such as egg cartons, coffee cups, light colored meat trays and foam coolers.
After starting a single stream program in 2014, St. Lucie County, FL, which serves nearly 123,000 households, has seen a continuous increase in the tonnage being processed at their material recovery facility. On average, the MRF processes 200 to 300 tons of recyclables per day and has a contamination rate as low as 15%-18%. These numbers show the great commitment of their residents to the recycling effort.
In the last few years, the county received numerous questions and interest in foam recycling, however curbside collection is not an option at this time. The county’s drop-off recycling facility currently accepts corrugate cardboard, mixed paper, #3-#7 plastics, steel and aluminum. Now that the new foam densifier is installed, the facility can accept foam polystyrene materials.
The grant is made possible through contributions to the Foam Recycling Coalition, which focuses exclusively on increased recycling of post-consumer foam polystyrene. St. Lucie County is the 16th grant recipient to receive FRC funding since 2015. Over 4 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam as a result of FRC grants. Visit www.recyclefoam.org to learn about foam recycling, read about previous recipients, or apply for a grant.