Marborg Stryofoam Drop-Off Now Available
By edhat staff
MarBorg Industries and Heal the Ocean have created a pilot program for Styrofoam recycling in Santa Barbara.
Heal the Ocean states the program is "a powerful attack on an exceptionally destructive source of ocean pollution." Recycling Styrofoam will slow down the waste stream going into the Tajiguas landfill.
The types of Styrofoam accepted is the stuff used to ship electronics, construction materials, and even meat trays. All Styrofoam must be cleaned and free of tape, aluminum, wrapping, food, or any other material. Currently packing "peanuts" and softer Polyurethane foam materials used in memory foam, packing cloth sheets, etc. are not allowed as they gum up densifiers. They can, however, be taken to various mail services who reuse them.
The accepted Styrofoam of all shapes and sizes can be dropped off for free at MarBoarg in Goleta (20 David Love Place) and Santa Barbara (132 Nopalitos Way).
MarBorg will then densify the Styrofoam into viscous material that is reformed into usable products such as mirrors, picture frames, and new packing material.
Heal the Ocean also reminds the community that Styrofoam cannot go in the blue recycling collection bins as it will negatively impact all recycling.
MarBorg Industries is a family-owned business that has operated waste management in Santa Barbara for over 75 years and is also CalRecycle Certified. Health the Ocean is a 3,000 member citizens action group addressing ocean-pollution issues. Learn more about this program at healtheocean.org