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Brent Batten: Foam finds new home in Collier recycling pilot project

The COVID-19 epidemic and ensuing stay-at-home mentality has brought us restaurant meals delivered to our door, retail goods dropped on our front porch and foam. Lots of foam.

Until now, the foam used to keep takeout meals hot and to protect TVs and other delivered goods from breaking has been going to the landfill.

Collier County has launched a pilot program to recycle the foam. While a few private businesses around the state recycle foam, Collier County officials believe theirs is the first

Foam recycling now available to Collier County residents

A new layer has been added to Collier County’s recycling efforts thanks to a $50,000 grant that has helped launch the new pilot program.

The County purchased a foam densifier machine that is specifically made for recycling foam. Director for Collier County Solid Waste Division Kari Hodgson said this is a project the community has wanted.

“We are very excited to offer Collier County residents and the commercial industry free recycling drop off of foam at the North Collier Recycling Center starting October first,” Hodgson said.

Beginning October 1, residents of Collier County can drop off foam products free of charge to the North Collier Recycling Drop-Off Center located at 9950 Goodlette Frank Road. The county said Collier is believed to be the only county in Florida offering this service to its residents.

Grant makes foam recycling possible in Collier County, Florida

Collier County, Florida, announced Oct. 1 that it will begin offering expanded polystyrene recycling effective immediately at its North Collier Recycling Drop-Off Center. The county says it is one of the leading counties in Florida proving this service, which is aimed at keeping foam out of landfill and helping preserve the environment.

Residents and commercial customers can drop off foam products at the North Collier Recycling Drop-Off Center for free. Most foam products with a No. 6 recycling symbol can now be recycled, including clean takeout containers, coolers and egg cartons.

Collier County’s foam recycling pilot program was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition. The grant was used to purchase a foam densifier, which compresses foam into blocks which are then sold to a vendor for collection and resale.

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