Styrofoam™ Blocks

Styrofoam™ Blocks


Styrofoam is a trade name for expanded polystyrene (EPS). Styrofoam is hard to recycle because it takes up so much space relative to its weight, and few markets exist.

Residents and businesses can drop off Styrofoam blocks for free at Extreme Green Recycling, 7615 Detour Ave in Cleveland. Hours are Monday-Friday 7:00-2:00.  

Extreme Green Recycling also picks up different grades of non-food Styrofoam from businesses for a fee. The material is densified into Styrofoam bricks and sold to manufacturers to be made into insulation, picture frames, or crown molding. They also make Styrofoam beads that are sold to a local stuffed toy manufacturer. For details, see our Business Recycling Directory.


Some city service departments also offer a Styrofoam drop-off for residents (Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Lakewood, Shaker Heights). Find details for your community.

The Solid Waste District accepts only white, formed blocks of Styrofoam. No Styrofoam sheeting, peanuts, colored foam, food trays, cups or egg cartons. We are located at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.

Some UPS Stores also accept formed blocks of Styrofoam plus air pillows, packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Check with your local store.

Learn more about Styrofoam Containers and Packing Peanuts.