An Updated List Of Where To Recycle Styrofoam
Styrofoam is not allowed in your purple recycling bins, so here’s an update on where you can — and can’t — take your blocks and peanuts.
Denver Waste Management no longer accepts Styrofoam at its Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off off of Quebec Street and Cherry Creek Drive. And, Alpine Recycling is closed. So we’re down to these two local recyclers:
1. Atlas Molded Products, at 5250 Sherman St. Drop-off hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon. Phone is 800-525-8697.
2. SustainAbility Hard to Recycle, at 6240 W. 54th Ave. Drop-off hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone is 303-425-9226.
Atlas and SustainAbility take only block Styrofoam (no packaging peanuts or food containers) to be compressed into a solid block and recycled into new products.
UPS also now accepts Styrofoam at nearby stores — the closest to Park Hill is 6110 E. Colfax Ave. and at 700 Colorado Blvd. The stores accept packaging peanuts too. UPS re-uses block Styrofoam and packaging peanuts to package shipments.
Mark Kuhl is an environmental advocate who lives in Park Hill with his family. His handy tips and news about recycling household items appear every month in these pages. A directory of his past columns for recycling everything from paint to Styrofoam to shoes is at greaterparkhill.org/sustainability/recycling-directory/.