In a drop-off program there are 8 steps to recycle loose foam materials.
Step 1: Residents take foam to a drop-off center;
Step 2: The foam materials are collected at the drop-off center by a recycling truck;
Step 3: The materials are delivered to a sorting facility, or material recovery facility (MRF);
Step 4: The MRF keeps the foam separate foam from the other recyclable materials;
Step 5: The foam is delivered to a shredder manually or mechanically;
Step 6: The foam is transferred to a compactor or densifier. This can be done mechanically using air blower through a tube a manually;
Step 7: The densifier compacts the loose foam into dense logs or melted ingots;
Step 8: The MRF sells the foam to a broker, processor or end user, who will extrude it into pellets to make new products, like frame products, CD case, disposable razor, and etc.