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June 21, 2012

Polystyrene Foam Recycling Available
Beginning Monday, June 25, 2012

Beginning Monday, June 25, 2012, the City of Houston will accept clean block style or packaging polystyrene foam at the Westpark Recycling Center, 5900 Westpark, Houston 77057 and the Environmental Service Center South, 11500 South Post Oak Lane, Houston 77045. Residents can drop off polystyrene foam at both facilities.

The operating hours for the Westpark Recycling Center are Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Environmental Service Center South is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thanks to the generosity of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) has obtained a polystyrene densifier and compactor machine that enables SWMD to transform polystyrene waste into a valuable recycled material. Up until now, polystyrene foams - commonly known as "Styrofoam" - were bulk materials used in packaging that ended up in Houston's landfills. Now, polystyrene foam can be compressed by a factor of 40 to 1. As a result, the densified polystyrene foam becomes a product that can be recycled and reused in a variety of commercial and residential uses.

For more information about polystyrene foam recycling and collection, contact Sandra Jackson at 713.837.9164 or email sandra.jackson2@houstontx.gov.

To learn more about recycling in the City of Houston, visit www.houstonsolidwaste.org, www.greenhoustontx.gov, Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste and on Twitter @houstontrash.


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