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Reusing Packaging Materials

Envelopes, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts, air packets, and cardboard boxes are easily reused at home. Save them for birthdays and holidays!

If you have too much of these materials on hand, take them to one of the locations below.

Shipping businesses want your packaging materials. No really, they do! Every item you give them is one they don't have to buy themselves. Some examples include:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Styrofoam Peanuts (Note that food-contaminated styrofoam is trash)
  • Occasionally Styrofoam Framing
  • Air Packets (call and check)
  • Bubble Wrap

Make sure all materials are clean, free of tape, and suitable for reuse. Loose peanuts should be bagged. When in doubt, call the location ahead of time to confirm whether they'll accept the material.

What about damaged or dirty packaging materials?

Recycle ripped cardboard boxes, trash dirty styrofoam, and include popped air packets with #2 or #4 on them with your plastic bags.

How can I reduce packaging waste?

Everything we buy seems to come in a cardboard box filled with styrofoam, dipped in plastic, and wrapped in a bag. Read our Reduce Tips page for helpful hints.

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