Packing Materials

Packing peanuts are generally made of Styrofoam or other plastics which are not recyclable in the Northern Illinois Area.  U-Haul markets a type of packing peanut which is water-soluble.  Place them in a container and cover with water and they will melt.

For ReUse:

Many retail-mailing stores such as FedEx, UPS and Mailboxes, etc. accept packing peanuts for reuse.  Call first. Mail Boxes Etc.

6260 E. Riverside Blvd.   Loves Park: 
4962 Hononegah Rd.,      Roscoe:         

The Postal Shoppe

1643 N. Alpine Rd (Edgebook Center), Rockford

For Disposal:

There is no recycling location in Northern Illinois.  The only Styrofoam recycling in Illinois is located at:

City of Highland Park
Highland Park Firearms Training Center
1180 Half Day Road
Highland Park, IL
Open Tuesdays and Fridays 7-1


Village of Winnetka, IL
Public Works 1390 Willow Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093
Open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30
City of Aurora, IL
310 Evergreen Drive
North Aurora, IL  60542
Open 24 hours 7 days a week 

If recycling is not an option, place packing peanuts in a closed and sealed bag and place in the garbage.

Do not take packing peanuts to the Household Hazardous Waste Site.

Last Update:  07/02/14