New York City Councilmembers Spearhead Holiday Foam Recycling

Holiday gifts are notorious for their packaging, but this year, New York City residents are being urged to think before throwing all that packaging away. Thanks to several NYC Council members, polystyrene foam packaging can be properly disposed of in all five boroughs this year. On January 9, 2016, collections will be available from 9AM to noon.

Polystyrene foam – recognized by the No. 6 chasing arrows symbol – is used for a variety of purposes, from food containers to packaging for electronics. It’s important to note that this foam can, and should be recycled.

polystyrene foam 6 symbol


When dropping off your foam, please follow these guidelines:

  • Ensure the foam has the No. 6 symbol on it
  • Remove straws, lids, tape, or any other non-foam material
  • Foam packaging peanuts are not accepted, but you can call (800) 828-2214 or visit for drop-off sites


Bring your foam food containers or block foam for packaging to one of the centers listed below:

The Bronx sponsored by Council Member Fernando Cabrera: Kingsbridge Armory, 10 West 195th St. – Corner of Reservoir St.

Brooklyn sponsored by Council Member Alan Maisel: Nick’s Lobster, 2777 Flatbrush Ave – Parking lot off the Belt Parkway

Manhattan sponsored by Council Member Inez Dickens: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building – Loading dock on West 126th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

Queens co-sponsored by Council Member Ruben Wills and Assembly Woman Vivian Cook: York College Parking Lot – Southeast corner of Guy R. Brewer Blvd and Liberty Ave

Staten Island sponsored by Council Member Deborah Rose: Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave – Parking lot, around the corner on Fillmore Street


Foam Recycling