SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Union County residents can recycle clean, white, block-style Styrofoam at designated drop-off locations in their municipality, or at a countywide location in Springfield. As part of the effort to encourage Styrofoam recycling, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has provided nine Union County municipalities with signage, educational brochures and new recycling bins.

Summit, Berkeley Heights, Cranford, New Providence, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Union Township and Westfield have all received the new materials.

“The Styrofoam recycling programs enable Union County residents to help increase our efforts to conserve resources and manage our waste stream more efficiently. It is a good opportunity for all of us to ‘think globally, act locally,’” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

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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.

  • All Styrofoam dropped off for recycling must be clean, dry, and in block form, such as that used for furniture and appliance packaging.
  • Residents can look for the #6 recycling label to confirm it is acceptable for recycling.
  • The unacceptable list includes all food service items, packing peanuts, egg cartons, and any colored, wet, or dirty foam.

All Union County residents and businesses are welcome to bring clean, dry, block-form Styrofoam for recycling to Foam Pack Industries, located off Route 22 East at 72 Fadem Road in Springfield. The recycling bin is in the company’s parking lot and is accessible at any time.

In Summit, Styrofoam can be dropped-off at the Transfer Station, located at 40 New Providence Avenue, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.