Recycling Cellecta Foam Shippers

Cellecta's foam shippers and cardboard shipping boxes are both 100% recyclable.

EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam shippers can easily be recycled into new foam packaging or durable consumer goods. You can recycle your EPS packaging by taking it to a specified drop off location (a program may NOT exist in your area). You can also recycle your EPS via the mail back program with our partner, Cold-Ice.

If there is no EPS recycling in your community, please send your EPS via the U.S. Postal Service or other carrier to the nearest mail-back location.

Average shipping fees range from $1.50-$9.00 based on the total packaging weight and volume. Since expanded polystyrene is extremely light weight (98% air) it can be economically shipped to a regional location.

Considering that the average car gets approximately 15-20 miles per gallon (mpg) at $3.50 to $4.00 per gallon, the postage cost to return EPS for recycling is often an economical, environmentally-friendly choice depending on the distance covered to reach the closest community drop-off location.

To maximize your EPS recycling efforts via the mail-back option, we recommend the following:

  • Make sure the EPS is clean and free of any tape, plastic film, labels, loose parts, or glued-on cardboard. Do not return any film plastics, food or medical waste or trash.
  • Increase the amount of EPS in each shipping container by breaking or cutting it into small pieces so that more can fit in a box.
  • When shipping EPS biomedical coolers, completely empty the cooler. Tape the top and bottom pieces together with packing tape and apply the label and postage directly to the cooler. An outer box is not necessary.
  • Prepare a shipping label and affix postage for delivery to the nearest mail-back location.

To find EPS recycling locations to drop off or mail EPS containers, visit the resources below: