SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – Residents of Scotch Plains and eight other municipalities in Union County can now recycle certain types of clean, dry Styrofoam at convenient local drop-off centers. Union County is coordinating the new program and providing collection bins, signage and educational brochures.

Styrofoam is the common name for polystyrene, which comes under the Plastic #6 recycling category. Residents who use the drop-off locations can help ensure that the program is successful by following the recycling rules. Only white clean foam and block form foam, such as that used for furniture and appliance packaging, is accepted. 

The list of unacceptable items includes all food service items, packing “peanuts,” egg cartons, and any dark colored, wet, or dirty foam.

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Scotch Plains residents can drop off Styrofoam at the Scotch Plains DPW, located at 2445 Plainfield Ave., on Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Additionally, bins are available in Berkeley Heights, Cranford, New Providence, Plainfield, Springfield, Summit, and Union Township.

“This is a good opportunity for Union County residents to lead the way and show how Styrofoam recycling can be a success” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “It is a perfect opportunity to ‘think globally, act locally'."

The new Styrofoam program is part of Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski’s environmental initiatives for 2019. Other recycling initiatives this year include a new interactive display at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, new educational programs focusing on senior and multi-family housing, continued promotion of “Recycle Right!” compliance guidelines, and the new “Reel In and Recycle” anti-litter campaign for Union County Parks.

For more information about the Styrofoam recycling program and all other Union County recycling programs call the Union County Recycling Office at 908-654-9890 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/recycle.

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