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Omaha Recycling Guide

Foam Packing Inserts

Not Accepted, Alternative Options Available

PL Foam Insert

DO NOT place this item in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

Place foam packing material and foam inserts from electronics, furniture, or appliance boxes in the garbage, or use an alternative option.

PL Foam Insert

Where Else Could It Go?

Large foam items like Styrofoam coolers or foam packaging inserts can be recycled if taken to a special collection container located outside of the Plastilite Corporation at 4930 Battlefield Drive in Omaha. Plastilite accepts only large pieces of #6 Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam under the following conditions:

  • Items should be clean
  • Remove all glue, tape, and labels
  • DO NOT include any food service items like takeout containers or foam cups (even if marked #6), foam peanuts, or foam marked #5

Foam packaging can also be placed in an orange Hefty® EnergyBag®.

FirstStar Recycling offers this special program to collect hard-to-recycle plastics in our community. To participate, you can purchase orange Hefty® EnergyBags®, which will be collected through your existing curbside and drop-off site services. When filled with accepted materials and tied shut, the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag® is the ONLY bag that can be placed in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Learn more about the local Hefty® EnergyBag® program:

Hefty® EnergyBag®

Tip: Break apart large pieces of foam into smaller pieces to fit in the orange bag.