Packing Peanuts, Styrofoam, Batteries, Oh My! Where to Recycle the Stuff that Comes with the Holidays
With the holidays come gifts, and with gifts come packaging. Unfortunately, much of our packaging is made out of plastics and will never break down (plastic simply breaks apart into smaller, less manageable microplastics that are contaminating the water supply, killing wildlife, and hazardous to human health). Styrofoam is one of the worst offenders of all plastics and it’s critical to keep this hazardous waste out of the landfill and waterways. Batteries, of course, contain many harmful chemicals and should be kept out of landfills to avoid these chemicals from leaching into the earth. And our lovely Christmas trees could get recycled into wood chips rather than contributing to methane gas emissions in a landfill. Here are some places around town where you can recycle all that stuff your single-stream collection bin doesn’t take:
- Christmas Tree – Drop your tree at EAS+Y’s Annual Holiday Tree & Styrofoam Recycling, Saturday, January 5th or Saturday, January 12th from 9-4pm at Evergreen Lutheran Church 5980 County Hwy 73, Evergreen, CO 80439. Donations are appreciated.
- Packing Peanuts (Styrofoam or Plant-Based Material) – The Shipping Depot, Evergreen, 303-670-0190
- Plastic Film (Bubble Wrap, Thin Plastic Packaging, etc.) – King Soopers, Evergreen, 303-674-8249; Safeway, Evergreen, 303-674-6625
- Styrofoam (Polystyrene), Rigid – Drop your large styrofoam pieces off at EAS+Y’s Annual Holiday Tree & Styrofoam Recycling, Saturday, January 5th or Saturday, January 12th from 9-4pm at Evergreen Lutheran Church 5980 County Hwy 73, Evergreen, CO 80439. Otherwise, check out these facilities: ACH Foam Technologies, Denver, 303-297-3844 (clean, white, rigid non-food containers); Alpine Waste, Denver, 303-744-9881 (customers only); Golden Real Estate, 303-525-1851 (has an unlocked dog kennel next to building where you can drop off clean white rigid Styrofoam – no plastic peanuts, no food containers, no tape or stickers on Styrofoam, must be in bags); SustainAbility Recycling, Arvada, 303-425-9226.
- Batteries, Household – Home Depot, Golden, 303-526-4347 (rechargeable, free); Battery Giant, Denver, 303-832-1454 (alkaline for a fee, rechargeable free): Batteries Plus Bulbs, Lakewood, 303-238-5264 (alkaline for a fee, rechargeable free); Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262 (alkaline and chargeable) (fee); Green Mountain Ace Hardware, Lakewood, 303-988-1883 (lithium – free)
- For anything else (old toys, games, electronics, and just about everything else), check our our Hard-to-Recycle Guide!
We hope these resources help keep your holidays a little greener! As always, email us at email@example.com if you know of a location that takes a hard-to-recycle item that is not on our list.