Packing Foam Recycling Team Collects Campus Staff Award

Graduate student Hannah Viola using the Gaylord collection box in Krone EBB

Georgia Tech has systems in place to collect and recycle everything from cardboard and office paper, to plastic and glass. But until last year, there was no established process for recycling expanded polystyrene foam (EPS).

Used widely in take-out containers, coffee cups, packing blocks and "peanuts" to cushion fragile deliveries, EPS foam is perhaps better known by the recycling code stamped onto it — #6 PS — and often trades on the name of its extruded polystyrene cousin: Styrofoam.

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