2020 Styrofoam Collection

Suspended until further notice

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and Maryland’s Stay at Home Order, we will not be holding our spring Styrofoam recycling collection. Please hold on to your Styrofoam until we resume our recycling collection. The Alpha Ridge Residential Convenience Center, where we recycle Styrofoam, is requesting limited essential trips only.

Volunteers are needed to transport Styrofoam to Alpha Ridge
Contact Liz Feighner at eumcgreenteam@gmail.com if you can help.

Styrofoam and packing material is collected quarterly in January, April, July and October at the Emmanuel UMC Ministry Center (house with carport at end of parking lot) (10755 Scaggsville Rd, Laurel, MD)

Please do not drop off Styrofoam at the church if not during the collection period as there is no place to store it. You can take Styrofoam to Alpha Ridge Convenient Center and packing material to The UPS Store when we are not collecting.
According to Howard County:
Polystyrene Foam #6, commonly called Styrofoam, in block or food container form, is collected at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. In 2018, almost 17 tons or 31 tractor-trailer loads was sent to a Dart Container facility in Pennsylvania. Once there, the blocks are shredded, melted, and densified into solid 5-10 lbs. blocks. The blocks are then sold to manufacturers to be made into picture frames, pencils, rulers and molding for house construction.

During collection, please place items in designated bins under the carport of the ministry center.

We accept:

recycle styrofoam
  • Hard Styrofoam with recycle code 6 – Please remove all labels and tape
  • CLEAN Styrofoam food containers like egg cartons, cups, take-out containers, meat & veggie trays – please rinse thoroughly and dry. Please be considerate of the green team members and thoroughly clean the food containers – food staining is OK but please remove all food particles. Styrofoam must be kept separate from packing material.
  • Packing material such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, air pillows and soft foam. Must be kept separate from Styrofoam as this is taken to The UPS store for reuse.

Please follow the directions on the Styrofoam recycling bins. Thanks for recycling!

During the holiday season, visit Howard County’s Merry Mulch webpage.
Check out the Howard County Recycling January 2020 newsletter. Sign up to receive their monthly newsletter HERE.


Holiday Light Recycling: Recycle old, broken holiday lights at the EUMC Ministry Center carport in the designated bin for holiday lights through Jan 13th or drop them off at My Organic Markets (MOM’s) through January 31st.

Christmas Trees and Wreaths:
Undecorated artificial trees and wreaths can be recycled with scrap metal at the Alpha Ridge Convenience Area.
Undecorated live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland can be recycled curbside with your yardwaste through the third week in January or at the Alpha Ridge Landfill woodwaste area.

Questions: contact Liz at eumcgreenteam@gmail.com