The Loose Fill Reuse Program is one of America's most successful packaging reuse programs, referring over a million consumers to local businesses that accept EPS loose fill packaging, also known as packaging peanuts, for reuse. With more than 1,100 locations nationwide, it’s easy to locate a loose fill reuse collection center nearby.
Drop-off locations for loose fill packaging reuse the material for their own packaging needs, providing a mutually beneficial service for themselves and people seeking to dispose of their EPS, as well as for the environment.
Please help reduce the amount of packaging material that enters the waste stream by reusing the loose fill yourself or depositing at one of the many collection locations across the country.
EPS loose fill packaging plays an important role in sustainability. As proven in a life cycle inventory commissioned by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) the total energy requirements of a box shipped with polystyrene loose fill is less than one with paper based loose fill. Additionally, the study concluded loose fill peanuts have fewer environmental impacts during manufacturing and transportation than molded pulp packaging.
Fast facts about polystyrene packaging sustainability:
- Over 30% of all EPS loose fill is reused.
- Post-consumer recycled-content EPS loose fill is sold throughout North America.
- Collection centers report that, on average, 50% of their loose fill needs are met with reusable loose fill donated by consumers.
- All expanded polystyrene packaging is less than 1/4 of 1% of landfill volume.
- EPS loose fill is over 99.6% air.
- It takes 40% to 50% less energy to make EPS loose fill than to make a comparable amount of paper packaging.