Expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly called 'Styrofoam', is recyclable in some communities, but is not currently accepted anywhere in Franklin County. Used Styrofoam cups cannot be easily recycled into new cups like aluminum cans or glass bottles, and there isn't a market for this type of material locally. Additionally, Styrofoam isn't very economical to transport because it is mostly made of air- so a semi-truck full of cups isn't actually a large weight of material. Recycling, like all industries in the modern economy, relies on supply and demand. What can you do to combat Styrofoam waste? Encourage businesses using this material to opt for greener alternatives and bring your own container for leftovers or cup for coffee.
Some communities offer Styrofoam drop-off recycling! Check out Hilliard's drop-off program or consider Dublin's drop-off program.