There are many alternatives to using Styrofoam block packaging and peanuts, which take hundreds of years to degrade and easily become litter. If your product comes packaged in the stuff, write to the company to ask them to switch to packaging that is easily compostable (e.g., compostable peanuts, molded paper, mushroom packaging) or easily recyclable (e.g., cardboard, air pillows).
BI Zero Waste teams up with Bay Hay and Feed to hold weekend collection events twice a year, generally around January and July. Check this page for the dates of the next collection. You are responsible for preparing your Styro before bringing it (i.e., clean, dry, no tape or stickers). Also check there for what is accepted and what isn’t.
Alternative recycling options are also found on the Zero Waste Styrofoam page.
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