River Forest is considering bringing foam recycling to residents this coming winter. The hope is to increase the suburban village’s green initiatives and encourage residents to recycle more. At a commission meeting on August 8, Commission Chair Katie Brennan shared that a subcommittee has already been studying foam recycling options.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Brennan said. “We were working on some projects, and a recommendation that we’d consider was putting a repository for people to put their foam, similar to our holiday lights recycling that we have from November to January.”
Commission member, Mindi Credi, also commented that the goal of this program is similar to the one available in Winnetka, where residents drop off their foam packaging to be recycled.
Another commission member, Julie Moller, hopes that Dart Container Corporation will work with River Forest to create a location for its residents. Dart recently opened a foam drop-off location at its plant at 7575 S. Kostner Ave. in Chicago.
“It could be a one-day or a season-type thing, especially during the holiday season when people get a lot of packaging,” Moller said.
Foam is recyclable in communities across the country. When recycled properly, it can be recycled into various consumer goods such as rulers, pens, and picture frames.
The River Forest council is meeting again soon to further discuss and pursue their foam recycling program.