This from Megan Sullivan of the town’s Solid Waste Committee -
Styrofoam Collection at Transfer Station Jan 3
I wanted to let you know that the Transfer Station is holding a Styrofoam Recycling Event on Saturday January 3rd from 9 – 1.
Start putting aside your Styrofoam and bring it to the collection on January 3rd.
Attached you can find details about the collection.
I am excited that the Transfer Station is holding this collection to keep more materials out of the trash. After the January collection, there will be another Styrofoam collection in May as part of Medfield Green Month.
Here are some other tips for recycling this holiday season:
Wrapping paper and tissue paper are recyclable, but only if they do not contain foil, metallic inks, or glitter. Tape is OK. Paper shopping bags and gift bags are also recyclable, remove plastic and rope handles. Also recyclable are paper greeting cards (except those with photos on photo paper, foil, wire, glitter or button batteries), envelopes (plastic windows are OK, exclude any with foil liners), catalogs, calendars, corrugated cardboard boxes and paperboard gift boxes. When opening or wrapping presents, keep paper grocery bags, a paper lawn and leaf bag, or a recycling bin handy to collect mixed paper recyclables.
Don’t include the following items in Transfer Station recycling: ribbons, bows, tinsel, holiday lights, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, polystyrene (Styrofoam), plastic bags, and plastic “blister pack” packaging that requires scissors to open, photo cards/photos.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
Styrofoam Collection for Recycling
Saturday January 3rd, 9-1 at the Transfer Station
Start saving your Styrofoam for this collection! We know the holidays bring lots of packages and packaging so the Transfer Station is sponsoring this special Styrofoam collection day to divert this bulky material from the waste stream.
ReFoamIt takes any clean foam that has the recycling symbol 6 in the triangle with PS underneath it.
- Packing blocks
- Produce and meat trays with the recycle symbol in the triangle (biodegradable trays do not have a recycle symbol)
- Take out containers (please rinse and display a #6 recycling symbol)
- Hot cups such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Honey Dew and Cumberland Farms
- Foam egg cartons
- Foam coolers
- White insulation sheets
Other items for collection
- #4 Polyethylene foam
- #5 Polyfoam
- Packing peanuts and bubblewrap will be accepted (bagged separately from your foam)
ReFoamIt does NOT take the following: Plastic utensils, Soft foam such as pillow stuffing, Foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonalds’ McCafe and Burger King (ice tea cup), Biodegradable produce and meat trays (for example, GenPak without the recycling symbol), Food containers without the number 6 recycling symbol, Cardboard Egg Cartons, Soft foam plastic, Hard plastic food containers, Food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers), Blue or Pink insulation sheets. See www.refoamit.com for further information.
A family-owned business in Leominster, ReFoamIt grinds and densifies the foam, which can then be processed to make consumer products such as picture frames, rulers and other products.
Medfield’s Single Stream recycling does not accept Styrofoam and if it is not recycled in a special collection, it will be incinerated along with the tip-floor trash.
The ReFoamIt truck will be at the Transfer Station on Jan. 3, from 9 – 1. Since there will also be the regularly-scheduled electronics collection on Jan. 3, the Styro/foam collection may be located within the area designated for the Swap Area in warmer weather. Additional information is available at DPW Town Garage office.