Packing Peanuts

(Last Updated: 2/7/2019)

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.

STYRO-Roundup Collection Events: Kitsap County holds semi-annual collection events for styrofoam and packing peanuts. 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


Limited Acceptance at Some 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 STYRO-Roundup collection event.

UPS Stores no longer accept packing peanuts because they stopped using them as shipping material.

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


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.