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
Residents of Rockford and other cities served by Rock River Disposal may place Styrofoam and other packing materials in their RECYCLING CONTAINERS and place curbside on normal pickup days.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
1390 Willow Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093
Open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30
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.