The Styrofoam recycling project of West Springs resumed in October 2020
On Oct. 3, 2020, a white mountain appeared in Western Springs Recreation Center, near the mountain, cars were lined up. You may consider it a mysterious activity, actually, it is only a Styrofoam recycling project launched by West Springs.

Western Springs initiated monthly collections of Styrofoam on a trial basis in October 2017. During these three years, their activities have not suspended until the outbreak of the COVID-19. Since October, when the epidemic has eased, Western Springs has resumed Styrofoam recycling, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

The resumption of the event is very popular, at least 412 vehicles from 27 different towns attended this Styrofoam recycling in October. If you want to participate in the Styrofoam recycling event the next time, you just need to put the discarded Styrofoam in your car and drive to the 1500 Walker Street. In the process, you don't even have to get out of the car because the collection was designed to be contact free with the drivers unlocking their trunks and rear doors and masked volunteers removing the Styrofoam from the back.

In this foam recycling project, foam take-out food containers, egg cartons and packing material are accepted except peanuts. Packing peanuts should be taken to your local packaging and shipping store to be recycled. In addition, all waste foam must be in a clean condition.(no food, no stains, rinsed) Make sure you have removed packing tape and labels before the staff take the waste foam away. Last but not least, remember to wear a mask or face cover at all times in this special period.

This activity has gathered all those who are committed to foam recycling. Almost all of them have collected the waste foam a whole summer, saving their foam cups and other products in a corner of their house. "I'm so grateful for this," said Barb Nolan of Clarendon Hills, who used to come monthly. "I believe in saving the earth," she said.