Greensboro transfers waste foam into photo frames through a foam recycling project

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.

In fact, for those who want to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, foam recycling is a big deal because foam can take up as much as 30 percent of the space in the landfills. North Carolina has only about 40 years of landfill space among the facilities currently allowed so that reducing landfill space is a matter of concern. This foam recycling project is a mutually beneficial choice for both the government and the environment. On one hand, residents can handle the foam that they do not know how to deal with through such projects. On the other hand, the government can reduce the pressure of landfills through foam recycling, and some homeless people can get help in the meantime.