Collier County in Florida has started Foam#6 Recycling Pilot Project

Collier County, Florida, announced that from October 1, 2020, the North Goodlette-Frank recycling center at 9950 Rd offers effective foam#6 recycling from Monday to Saturday- 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. While some private enterprises in Florida have recycled foam, this is the first government plan of foam recycling in the state, which is aimed at keeping foam out of incineration or landfill and reducing the foam#6 waste. 

“Residents of Collier can recycle clean and empty foam#6 packaging, including food trays, cups, takeaway containers, and egg cartons, as well as transport packaging for protecting televisions and other valuables during transportation”, according to Collier government, “foam#6 products should be empty and clean before recycling, remember to recycle the packaging, not the food.”

Three simple steps to foam recycling in Collier County

1. Empty the container (meat trays, cups, take-out containers, and egg cartons).

2. Ensure containers are clean and dry.

3. Bring foam to the North Collier recycling drop-off center.  

Answers for frequently asked questions of foam#6 recycling

1. Should I pay the recycling center to recycle the foam#6 waste?

No, the event is totally free of charge.

2. Can commercial customers drop of foam?

Yes, all customers could take part in the foam recycling program.

3. Are packaging peanuts accepted?

No, packaging peanuts are not accepted. “The peanuts are small and they clog the machine,” Longa said.

4. Can I put foam#6 waste in the recycling container at my house?

No, at this time, Collier County does not offer curbside foam recycling. The foam must be taken to a recycling drop-off center to be recycled.

5. Can I still throw my foam away in the rubbish bin?

Yes, the foam recycling program is encouraged but entirely optional.  

The realization of this pilot program is attributed to the Foam Recycling Coalition that granted $50,000 to purchase a foam densifier. The equipment will compress loose foam#6 waste into blocks that could be transported and stored more cost-effectively. Then the blocks buyer converts the compressed blocks into picture frames, interior moulding, and pony packs for houses, said Evelyn Longa, public information officer for the county’s solid waste division.