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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 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.

You should put your Styrofoam in clear or white plastic bags before you bring it to the drop off sites. You can break up larger pieces of material to get it to fit in the bag. (You may use plastic grocery bags.)

Styrofoam should be bagged for two very important reasons. First, bagging helps prevent material from blowing around when being delivered to our processor. Second, it will help keep the material contained in our drop-off locations. This second point is very important to us because we want our drop-off sites to remain good neighbors to the businesses near our sites. This is especially important for the W. Badger Rd. location since it is so close to the UW- Arboretum and we do not want this material drifting into that area. We truly appreciate your cooperation.

Uniek also offers a drop off service at its plant 805 Uniek Dr. in 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 dirty meat trays. Here are some examples of the material we will not accept.

peanuts dirtyfoam insulation


Questions? Contact or call 608-267-2626.