To make up for the lack of roadside foam recycling, Greensboro has come up with a way to launch a foam recycling project from November 12, 2020. This project is jointly organized by four non-profit organizations: Emerging Ecology, Environmental Stewardship Greensboro, Greensboro Beautiful, and Tiny House Community, Development (THCD). Individuals, as well as businesses who don’t want to see their foam products go to landfills or incinerators virtually forever, could take the waste foam to the given location at 1310 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro.
There are two drop-off bins located behind the THCD facility, and all you need to do is to throw the foam into them. Remember just empty, clean, and dry foam is accepted as well as egg cartons, to-go containers, furniture packaging. In addition, although the location is opened all day, please follow the “7-7-7” rule. Place your waste foam at the curb after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m. because the green bins are only put on the roadside between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. During the disappearance of the green bins from the roadside, the staff of the foam recycling project is dealing with the foam inside.
The foam recycling staff will firstly take the waste foam out of the bins, and then put them into a foam densifier that could compact the loose foam into a tight one at a ratio of 1:90, which has greatly reduced the transportation cost. The tight ingots are then stacked on shipping pallets for shipping to manufacturers in New Jersey who will start the material on its next journey of producing photo frames. The income from the sale of foam recycling ingots will be used back to support the development of Tiny house communities to reduce the homeless population in Triads.