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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Grand Opening of East Lansing Polystyrene Recycling Station to Take Place Thursday, March 8

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Members of the media and community are invited to the grand opening of the City of East Lansing’s new polystyrene (commonly referred to as STYROFOAM™) recycling station on Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the East Lansing Department of Public Works recycling drop-off site, 1800 E. State Road.

The new recycling station was made possible in part by a Recycling Infrastructure Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and a partnership with Dart Container.

“Polystyrene is one of the materials our residents have cited most as something they would like to recycle and it is a material we deal with most when it comes to contamination at the curb,” said East Lansing Environmental Services Administrator Cathy DeShambo. “By adding this new drop-off recycling option, we will be diverting additional waste from the landfill and further realizing a waste reduction goal set forth in the City of East Lansing’s Climate Sustainability Plan. We are thrilled to finally see this project come to fruition and would like to thank our partners at the MDEQ and Dart Container for their support.”

Following the grand opening, community members will be able to drop off various forms of foam polystyrene #6 at the DPW drop off-site, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1800 E. State Road.

Items should be cleaned of any food/drink remnants and all labels, stickers, tape, film, straws and lids should be removed. Items that won’t be accepted include insulation material, foam packing peanuts and starch-based packing peanuts (starch can be dissolved in water and composted). Community members with any additional questions about what can and can’t be recycled at the new station can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459.

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