Eco Development will be on hand to accept clean Styrofoam products of all shapes and sizes. Used food containers will not be accepted. Styrofoam peanuts will be accepted if in a clear plastic bag.
Eco Development is a company specializing in corporate sustainability. One of its major business groups is Commodities/Recycling. It is one of the very few companies that successfully processes and recycles Styrofoam (EPS). You may recognize the company name from Upcycle Day.
Eco tracks the recycled material it collects during these events, and provides Wyoming with an Environmental Impact Report, illustrating the carbon offset. Last April, Wyoming residents recycled approximately 150 pounds of Styrofoam. That would be equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of driving 526 miles or burning 234 pounds of coal.
This special Styrofoam collection is designed to help residents recycle Styrofoam, which can be bulky and difficult to store, before Upcycle Day in April.
“The only downside to Styrofoam recycling is some pieces can get rather large and take up space,” said Patrick Walker of the Environmental Stewardship Commission. “So, instead of making you wait until April for the next Upcycle Day 2022, we thought the first week in January would be the most convenient for our residents.”
Eco partnered with ESC to bring this event to Wyoming at no cost to the city. “The best way to keep this new partnership strong is to fill their truck this January,” said Walker. “So start saving now. Save all your Styrofoam packaging, and love the Earth a little louder this holiday season.”