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The City of Madison has joined with Uniek Manufacturing of Waunakee in a program to recycling polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging material.

Polystyrene drop off program

The City of Madison has been accepting polystyrene for recycling at our drop off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd and 4602 Sycamore Av. since March 24, 2012. This will be an ongoing program. Please check the website for drop off site hours and other information.

Bagging Styrofoam in a clear or white bag is not required, but helpful if you have smaller pieces. Bagging helps prevent material from blowing around when delivered to our processor. And, bagging it will help keep it contained in our drop-off sites.

Uniek also offers a drop off service at its plant 805 Uniek Dr. in Waunakee.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 drop-off arrangements.

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 dirty meat trays. Here are some examples of the material we will not accept.

peanuts dirtyfoam insulation


Questions? Contact or call 608-267-2626.