At their most recent meeting, Tilamook County Commissioners unanimously decided that January 7 would mark E-Waste and Styrofoam Collection Day. County residents can bring foam and old electronics to transfer stations in Manzanita, Tillamook, and Pacific City.
“We all know that at Christmas time we get a lot of new electronics under the tree,” said David McCall, County Solid Waste Program Manager. “A lot of these electronics and different things are packaged in Styrofoam.”
Styrofoam, a registered trademark of Dow Chemical Company, is a branded type of expanded polystyrene foam, a common material used for many purposes. While Styrofoam is typically used for packaging and insulation, polystyrene foam is used most often in food packaging—think hot coffee cups, egg cartons, and to-go containers. The #6 chasing arrows symbol makes polystyrene easy to identify.
The County will be using its newly acquired densifier to process the collected polystyrene. When polystyrene is properly recycled, cleaned, and densified, it can be used to make products such as rulers, surfboards, picture frames, crown molding, and baseboards. Further, since polystyrene foam is a thermoplastic, it can be recycled many times over.
Commisioner Bill Baertlein praised McCall and the commissioners on bringing this new recycling initiative to the forefront.
“This is changing the Tillamook way,” he said. “Let’s just say the new Tillamook way is recycling.”
All recycling proceeds benefit the Senior SAFE groups of Neah-Kah-Nie. Last year, a total of 34,156 pounds of e-waste was collected, translating to $2,049.36 in contributions, according to reports.
The transfer stations are located at: