Styrofoam and packing peanuts are unfortunate leftovers of all those Christmas gifts. When it's time to toss it out, most garbage companies tell customers to put it in the garbage.
Kitsap County decided to try something new and gave residents the chance to recycle Styrofoam Saturday.
“This is a Styro roundup, as we like to call it" Public Works employee Erik O'Neal said.
The event was held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, and hundreds of people showed up.
“Every time I buy an appliance or whatever, there's always a lot of Styrofoam that comes with it" Cathy Morrow said.
Recyclers keep the foam out of landfills by sucking the air out of it and then compressing it. It has the potential to come back as toys, plastic pens, toothbrushes, and decking.
They had such a good turnout at the event, they filled two box trucks and planned to keep some of the overflow at the fairgrounds until they can get it to the facility in Kent where it will be recycled. They still can't accept the foam in regular recycling cans, but after seeing the enthusiasm for Saturday's event, they would like to hold them on a regular basis.
For those living in or close to the South King County area, here is a place you can take your stryofoam for recycling.