The Municipality of Meaford, with support from Council, is excited to continue to offer the Styrofoam Recycling Program to residents! 

The Styrofoam Recycling program began in 2021 as a one-year pilot project, in partnership with Transition Meaford to help reduce Meaford's impact on Landfills. In 2023, Council reviewed the program and have decided that the Municipality of Meaford will maintain year-round operation on the Styrofoam Depot until January 2026, when the program will be reviewed once again by the new council. 

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Location: 87 Stewart Street (beside the Meaford Firehall)

2024 Dates: 

Occurs every second Saturday of the month.

  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Hours of Operation: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Please Note: Starting November 1, 2021 any expanded polystyrene placed at the curb for Miller Waste pick up will be required to have a bag tag and included as part of the 3 bag limit for disposal.  

Expanded polystyrene recycling will not be available for institutional, commercial or industrial customers at this time. The annual cost of the program does not cover the disposal of industrial, commercial, or institutional Styrofoam. If local businesses want to take part in the program, they will be required to cover the costs of recycling which is $25 per 2 cubic yard bag. The Styrofoam will be collected separately and tracked. 

Any changes to the expanded polystyrene drop-off schedule or program will be communicated by a Municipality of Meaford media release and on the Meaford Waste App. The app can be installed through the app store on Apple and Android devices, or you can sign up for notifications by email, text message, or phone call by visiting

Questions and Answers
Can I still dispose of my Styrofoam as part of my regular garbage pick up?

Yes. Beginning November 1, 2021, any expanded polystyrene placed at the curb for Miller Waste pick up will be required to have a bag tag and included as part of the 3 bag limit for disposal. 

The benefit of the recycling program is that expanded polystyrene can be disposed of for free and will ensure that the collected material goes to an end user that will repurpose the material into a new product. 


Can all types of Styrofoam be Recycled?

The only expanded polystyrene that is able to be recycled through this program is packaging that is clean and dry. All other expanded polystyrene products such as packaging peanuts, cups, and food containers, will still need to be disposed of through curbside garbage collection. Please see the lists below on what is accepted and what is not accepted. 


How will the material collected through the recycling program be reused?

Second Wind Recycling Service is polystyrene recycling service based out of St. Thomas, Ontario. They will collect the recycled material monthly (dependent on amount collected) and densify ( is a process that reduces the volume by up to a 1:50 ratio to allow for most cost effective transport prior to reuse) the material on site. Second Wind provides densified material to a variety of different end uses to become products. Currently, the main receiver of the densified expanded polystyrene, repurposes the material into picture frames however the product can also be used for items such as coat hangers, synthetic lumber, park benches, insulation and surfboards.

 What is Accepted
 poster of accepted recycling and includes a list of the following: packaging for computers, electronics, appliances, toys, packaging that is rigid, white in colour, clean and dry.
 What is Not Accepted

 poster of items that are not accepted and includes a list of the following: polyethylene foam that is flexible, foam wrap, meat trays, take-out containers, insulation panels, pool noodles, packaging peanuts and cups and bowls

Fast Facts
  • As a petroleum based product, expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) is considered a non-biodegradable product. Global research has identified that polystyrene does not break down in landfills and is instead being found polluting streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. 
  • During the 15 month trial program, the Styrofoam recycling depot diverted 198 cubic yards of Styrofoam from landfills. 

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