Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by its brand name “Styrofoam,” is recyclable at:
Environmental Collection Center in Frisco
6616 Walnut St.
Frisco, TX 75033.
No ID or proof of residency is required. This is a self-service drop-off.
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Who can bring EPS for recycling? This drop-off is open to non-Frisco residents, but only in household generated amounts.
Why isn’t EPS recyclable in my blue container? EPS hasn’t been a successful commodity in single-stream recycling; the product breaks into tiny pieces that aren’t easily recaptured for recycling. Because of this, there are no styrofoam densifiers (the machines that recycle EPS) at the Material Recovery Facility and any styrofoam that goes in the recycle bin ends up being sent to the landfill.
Are there different types of Styrofoam that are or are not recyclable? Yes – and the key is what happens when they squish. If they break into snowflake-like pieces, it’s a recyclable styrofoam and acceptable for Frisco’s drop-off. If it either doesn’t squish or squishes and pops back to its original form, it’s not recyclable and needs to be thrown in your trash. Polystyrene paper, the styrofoam used for food and beverage to-go containers, can be recycled at the Environmental Collection Center in Frisco if rinsed and clean. Meat trays are never accepted.