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Dec 28

NYS Extended Polystyrene (Styrofoam)Ban

Posted on December 28, 2021 at 10:41 AM by Regina Sousa

Effective January 1, 2022 expanded polystyrene (EPS), single-use foam food and beverage containers, and polystyrene loose fill packaging materials are banned in New York State. This means covered food service providers, retailer, and wholesalers are no longer allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute disposable food service containers that contain expanded polystyrene foam in New York. In addition manufacturers and stores will not be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute polystyrene loose fill packaging (packing peanuts) in the state. For more information on the ban please visit the NYS DEC website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/120762.html

EPSWhen it comes to expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly known as STYROFOAM™ it is also important to know that it does NOT belong in recycling bins across New York State.

We often come across EPS in the form of single-use disposable coffee cups, take-out food containers, and packaging material. While it is valued for its convenience, resistance to leakage, and insulation, it is not recyclable with our current infrastructure and our reliance on this material needs to be reconsidered.

EPS is actually a form of plastic (which is why you’ll sometimes see the chasing arrows symbol on foam items), but don’t toss it in your recycling bin because it is too difficult to separate from other plastics, paper, etc. Another challenge associated with recycling EPS has to do with its weight (or lack thereof). Remember that the “E” in EPS stands for “expanded”, so it consists mostly of air. To make it economically viable to ship around and recycle into new things, the foam needs to be clean, separate from other plastics and recyclables, and densified with a specialized piece of equipment that is not widely available.

If you have a large quantity of clean foam that needs to be managed, contact your local recycling coordinator to ask about potential collection options near you. If none are available, dispose of these items in the trash.

Bottom line: keep STYROFOAM™ out of the recycling stream. Even if it has the recycling symbol on it.

Nov 01

Skip the Slip!

Posted on November 1, 2021 at 8:36 AM by Regina Sousa

ReceiptsDid you know that not all paper is recyclable? Receipts are one of those paper items that do not belong in your recycling bin! This is because most receipts are made with thermal paper containing chemical compounds that affect their ability to be made into new products. The best way to dispose of receipts is in the trash, but if you’re able to, next time skip the slip and ask for a digital receipt.   #KnowBeforeYouThrow #SkiptheSlip 

Jun 24

LEGO Recycling

Posted on June 24, 2021 at 9:55 AM by Regina Sousa

The LEGO® has been around for ages and is a staple toy most parents gift list. While you are never too old to play with toys the virtual indestructible bricks almost certainly end up in your basement, attic or garage collecting dust. When you do finally decide it’s time to let go of your LEGO® bricks, you can’t recycle them from home so more often than not, they end up at the landfill. But LEGO® is changing that and making it easier for us to make a more environmentally friendly choice.


As an organization, LEGO® has ambition sustainability goals and is working to make all of their core products from sustainable materials by 2030, but in the meantime there’s LEGO® Replay. It’s a donation program that takes back unwanted bricks and re-gifts them to youth serving organizations like Teach For America and the Boys & Girls Club. To date, they’ve collected 300,000 pounds of LEGO® bricks and got them in the hands of more than 42,000 kids.


You can learn more and make a donation here. To find out more about LEGOS® sustainability plans head on over to their environment page.