Misuse and lack of volunteers cited as reasons
After a number of years of collecting polystyrene, more widely known as “styrofoam” the Fremont recycling drop off center located at 5510 W 56th Street will no longer continue the styrofoam program after August 31, 2023.
A number of issues have continued to plague the styrofoam recycling program such as the lack of volunteers to empty and replace the bags, delayed service pick-up from the styrofoam recycler, general misuse of the collection boxes, and an increase of individuals placing trash and other contamination into the collection boxes, Newaygo County leadership decided to stop the program. Regular residential recycling services will not be impacted.
“We have asked for help at this site to keep styrofoam recycling available to residents but unfortunately we did not receive one response to assist with this site”, stated Dale Twing, Chairman of the Department of Public Works and the Newaygo County Drain Commissioner. “Our sites are opened and closed by volunteers throughout the county and this site in particular is challenging because of the styrofoam. Between a lack of volunteer support as well as people trying to recycle things like plastic sheeting or insulation with the styrofoam, we had to make the decision to stop.”
Residents can utilize the website, www.homeforfoam.com to find other locations that may accept styrofoam.