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The City of Madison has joined with Uniek Manufacturing of Waunakee in a program to recycling Polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging material. Uniek Inc. of Waunakee makes picture frames from recycled polystyrene.

Polystyrene drop off program

The City of Madison will begin taking Polystyrene for recycling at our drop off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd and 4602 Sycamore Av. begin inning Saturday March 24, 2012. This will be an ongoing program. For site hours and other information

You must put your Styrofoam in clear or white plastic bags before you bring it to the drop off sites. We cannot accept loose material. All Styrofoam must be bagged. You can break up larger pieces of material to get it to fit in the bag. (You may use plastic grocery bags.)

Styrofoam must be bagged in order to be delivered to our recycling partner. Bagging material will prevent it from blowing around when it is delivered to our processor. we appreciate your cooperation.

Uniek also offers a drop off service at its plant 805 Uniek Dr., Waunakee. Material is accepted at their location Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon. You do not have to be a Madison resident to take material to Uniek. Businesses with large volumes of material should call Uniek at 608-849-9999 to make arrangements for dropping off material.

What Type of Polystyrene Can Be Recycled?


We will accept block polystyrene packaging material. This is the bulky polystyrene that is used around computers, electronics, and other items. We can also take clean polystyrene cups, coolers, egg cartons and food containers. We can also accept clean meat trays. Here are some examples.

blocks coolerpackaging cupsStyroeggCartonsMeatTrays



We will NOT accept packing peanuts. Most packing peanuts are not made of polystyrene so we cannot accept them at this collection. Packing Peanut Recycling Information We also cannot accept dirty material, Styrofoam insulation, or meat trays. Here are some examples of the material we will not accept.

peanuts dirtyfoam insulation


Questions? Contact or call 267-2626.