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Omaha Recycling Guide

Foam Coolers

Not Accepted, Alternative Options Available

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DO NOT place this item in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

Place foam coolers in the garbage if you cannot reuse them, or use an alternative recycling option.

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Where Else Could It Go?

Rigid Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam marked #6, such as foam coolers and protective packaging, can be taken to Plastilite Corporation at 4930 Battlefield Drive in Omaha. Plastilite offers a convenient EPS collection container outside of their building that is accessible 24/7 for free. Plastilite accepts only rigid #6 foam packaging.

  • Items should be clean
  • Remove all glue, tape, and labels
  • DO NOT include foam food containers, meat trays, or foam cups even if they are marked #6
  • DO NOT include flexible foam or wrap, and no foam peanuts

Learn more about Plastilite’s EPS Recycling Program at:


Foam coolers and other foam packaging can be placed in an orange Hefty® ReNew® bag.

FirstStar Recycling offers this special program to collect hard-to-recycle plastics in our community. To participate, you can purchase orange Hefty® ReNew® bags, which will be collected through your existing curbside and drop-off site services. When filled with accepted materials and tied shut, the bright orange Hefty® ReNew® bag is the ONLY bag that can be placed in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Learn more about the local Hefty® ReNew® program:

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Tip: Break apart large pieces of foam into smaller pieces to fit in the orange bag.