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.
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: 815-282-8300 4962 Hononegah Rd., Roscoe: 815-623-5808
The Postal Shoppe1643 N. Alpine Rd (Edgebook Center), Rockford 815-397-7301
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.