As part of our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL, has operated a Styrofoam recycling ministry for several years, with the goal to keep this useful but non-degradable material out of our landfills. Increased online purchasing has exacerbated the desire by all to reduce disposal of this material. Our volunteers take the collected items to the Dart Container Corporation 24/7 public recycling center, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora.
Our bi-monthly recycling collection is currently suspended. We encourage you to continue collecting Styrofoam and to take it to the Dart Container Corporation 24/7 public recycling center, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora. You will need to sort packing material and rinsed food containers.
QUIZ: CAN THESE BE RECYCLED IN YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLING CAN?
Cardboard egg cartons
Clean aluminum foil
Bags that contained flour or sugar
It’s important to learn more about what can and cannot be recycled, so you don’t contaminate your entire recycling can with one item. Take the quiz above. Answers can be found on your city’s website or on a helpful list of items that should not be placed in curbside bins, which is available from SCARCE.
Remember that #6 plastic (Styrofoam) is one of the things you cannot place in curbside recycling. We hope to be able to resume our collection of this product again soon.
~Elaine McCluskey and the Styrofoam Recycling Team
To find out more about recycling in your community, go to your city’s website and search “recycling” or find links to the city and county webpages below.