Packing Peanuts

(Last Updated: 8/23/2018)

Packing peanuts cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling. but there are some drop-off recycling and reuse options for clean packing peanuts.

Is it Plastic or Starch? Peanuts made of vegetable starch dissolve in water. This is a good way to dispose of them if they cannot be reused. Starch peanuts are not accepted for drop-off recycling or for reuse at UPS stores.

YEAR-ROUND DROP-OFF: City of Tacoma Recycling Center and Styro Recycle accept clean packing peanuts.

SEMI-ANNUAL COLLECTION EVENTS: Bay Hay & Feed holds semi-annual Styrofoam collection events; contact them for details. Kitsap County holds semi-annual collection events. Details are published here when an event is scheduled.

City of Tacoma Recycling Center
3510 S Mullen St Tacoma, WA 
253-591-5543 | Website | Map
Styro Recycle
23418 68th Ave S  Kent, WA 
253-838-9555 | Website | Map
Bay Hay and Feed
10355 NE Valley Road Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-2813 | Website | Map


LIMITED ACCEPTANCE AT SHIPPING STORES: The local shipping stores below usually accept used packing peanuts, but may refuse them if they have no room. Call ahead to ask. If they cannot take your peanuts, put them in your garbage, save them to try again, or save them for a semi-annual styrofoam collection event.

Bug Museum and Nature Store
1118 Charleston Beach Rd. W Bremerton ,  WA 
360-373-7681 | Website | Map
Pack & Mail Plus
3965 Bethel Rd. SE Port Orchard ,  WA 98366
360-876-5571 | Website | Map
UPS Store - Poulsbo
19689 7th Ave Poulsbo ,  WA 
360-697-9044 | Website | Map
UPS Store - Silverdale
2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd. Silverdale ,  WA 
360-613-0759 | Website | Map
UPS Store - Bainbridge
321 High School Rd. NE Bainbridge Island ,  WA 
206-842-5501 | Website | Map
UPS Store - Port Orchard
3377 Bethel Rd. SE Port Orchard ,  WA 
 | Website | Map


Dispose peanuts in the garbage if you cannot reuse, recycle, or dissolve them. Bag the peanuts so they do not blow away while being dumped into the garbage truck.