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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Announces Addition of Foam Cups and Packaging to City’s Recycling Program

City-wide Drop-off Program is a First for New York State, Paves Way for Other Cities

Post Date:10/29/2014 10:32 PM

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Yonkers, NY – In a major expansion of the city’s recycling program, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced today that residents will now be able to drop off used polystyrene foam cups and packaging for recycling. The initiative is a first for New York State and places Yonkers – the state’s fourth most populous city – at the forefront of the national recycling movement.

Any foam or rigid plastic product bearing the #6 designation – which includes take-out containers, foam-block packaging found in electronics boxes , and a host of other every-day items – can be dropped off by business owners and residents in designated bins at the city’s recycling center. Often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, a trademarked name for Dow’s insulation, post-consumer foam is in high demand.

“Improving the environment is a job that’s never done. That’s why expanding our recycling program to include polystyrene foam is so important to us. These products – things we see and use every day in the form of egg cartons and take-out containers– can easily be recycled into crown moldings, picture frames, scotch tape dispensers, and a host of other items. It’s just a logical, forward-thinking move to recycle foam in our city,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

After drop-off, polystyrene foam products will be picked up by the Dart Container Corporation and shipped to their recycling facility in Leola, Pennsylvania. These plants will prepare the foam for a second life as one of a score of products used in daily life.

Yonkers now joins cities and communities across the country in a movement aimed at taking polystyrene foam out of the waste stream and recycling it, as is commonly done with other plastics, glass, and paper products.   

Business owners and residents of Yonkers can begin dropping off their #6 foam off on November 15, at the city’s Recycle Center, located at 735 Saw Mill River Road. All material must be cleaned and secured in a clear bag. The center is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30am-4:15pm. For more information, please call (914) 377-6751.