- Styrofoam™ / EPS
- Wood Coming Soon
Commercial Recycling Services
Have a large quantity of recyclable material? We'll come pick it up.
Home 4 Foam
Yes! you can ship us your Styrofoam™ / EPS foam materials for recycling.
Find out how...
Making a Difference by Recycling Responsibly
- Are you ready to reduce your impact on landfills through recycling?
- Does your business support waste diversion that offers local and global environmental benefits?
- Are you interested in financial benefits by diverting your waste products to a recycling plant?
Tri-Power Recycling is the largest independently owned Styrofoam™/expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling center in the country (EPS is commonly referred to as Styrofoam™). Because foam products are 90% air, they can take up approximately 30% of landfill space by volume. EPS is non-biodegradable, so it lasts forever in landfills. That’s why we use the most advanced technology and machinery to sort, clean, and process EPS foam.
We have numerous global partnerships that allow us to send these recyclable products to be repurposed into new products. This benefits your business, our community, and the global environment through efficient and economical waste management.
For our customers in and around Elkhart, Indiana, we are your local recycling plant for paper recycling, cardboard recycling, plastics, EPS foam (Styrofoam™), and wood from businesses and individuals. We can also recycle other rigid and film plastics, keeping these materials from ending up in landfills.
Recycling Programs That WorkTri-Power Recycling programs are based on the idea to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Our operations have an endless appetite for EPS foam and paper products that we recycle responsibly for you.
We team up with small and large businesses that receive large amounts of EPS foam such as those in the RV industry, manufacturing, logistics and shipping, pharmaceutical, and food industries. The foam products we collect from these industries are used as insulation and for protection during transportation of electronics, appliances, and fragile items.
We collect foam coolers from pharmaceutical companies. Food industry items such foam cups, trays, takeout containers, and egg crates are also collected and processed by our facility.
- Businesses can drop off their items for recycling, we can pick up all your recyclables, or items can be shipped to us. We accept recycling items from a grocery bag size to a semi-trailer full of material.
- Individuals can also drop off their recycling items in our outdoor bins or through our Home 4 Foam program where you can print a shipping label and mail them to us for proper handling.
There is no charge to businesses or individuals to drop off recyclable items. In fact, businesses may be paid for their recyclable items.
We process your recyclables and send them off to be made into new products. Foam is sent throughout the world to be made into new insulation and consumer goods. Cardboard and paper are sent to paper mills and made into new cardboard boxes.
Recyclable Items We Accept:
- Clean EPS (Styrofoam™)
- Clean food containers, plastic or cardboard (including pizza boxes)
- Cardboard (loose or baled; tape, staples, and labels are okay!)
- Paper, books, and related fibers (loose or baled)
- Plastics (like milk and detergent bottles)
- Rigid and/or film plastics in all colors and sizes
- Wood (coming soon!)
Items We Don’t Accept:
- Packaging “peanuts”
- Wet, dirty, or painted EPS (Styrofoam™)
- EPS that is glued to cardboard or wood
- Medical sharps/medical waste
- Light bulbs
- Aerosol cans
- Paint cans
- Oil containers
- Gas cans
- Scrap metal
- Hazardous materials
Recycling depots sometimes receive negative publicity that may impact how people think about responsible recycling. We want to assure you Tri-Power Recycling is committed to industry best practices, using our 80+ years of combined experience to help protect our local and global environment.
Why You Should Recycle – Tackling Misinformation
Consider these facts when deciding whether to recycle:
- ENERGY - It takes less energy to create new items from recycled materials than it does to create new products from raw materials.
- JOBS - The recycling process creates far more jobs than a landfill does. On a per-ton basis, sorting and processing recyclables supports 10 times as many jobs as landfilling or incineration.
- ECONOMICS - Recycling is often the least expensive waste management method. Many of our programs even allow you to generate revenue for something you would have sent to the landfill as trash.
Tri-Power Recycling offers customized collection services for businesses. We can determine your recycling needs, requirements, and the best way to improve efficiency of your current waste management program with a recycling audit. We will evaluate the type and amount of recyclable material you have, consider your space constraints, and calculate your equipment needs to create a collection schedule customized for you.
Commercial Collection and Recycling Services
We have over eight decades of combined experience and numerous relationships across the globe that allow us to provide your business with efficient and economical waste stream management.
Collection OptionsIf you are presently baling your recyclables onsite, we can pick up your baled materials depending on your desired frequency.
- Truckload quantities: We provide live-load service in our van or flatbed, or we can arrange to stage a trailer at your facility to load at your convenience.
- Smaller quantities: This option is ideal for small business locations with ground-level or dock-level pickup, with a minimum of five bales per scheduled pickup.
Our metal Mesh Cubes are ideal for collecting and storing recyclables at your facility. They help reduce the possibility of contamination and allow you to easily see the contents of each Mesh Cube. They have forklift pockets so you can place them in locations that makes the most sense, inside or outside of your facility.
For those miscellaneous materials you cannot recycle – let us use our recycling center staff’s industry experience and a bit of creativity to find a home for those ‘hard to recycle’ materials.