How to Dispose of Polyurethane

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Polyurethane is a type of plastic that is used to manufacture many different types of materials. Polyurethane plastic can be found in packaging, electronics, bedding, apparel, footwear and various other materials and products. Because polyurethane will not decompose readily, every effort should be made to recycle this material instead of disposing of it with regular trash. Both individual consumers with single items and businesses with large amounts of materials are encouraged to take advantage of local recycling programs when disposing of polyurethane.


Step 1

Get a list of local recyclers in your area. This can often be found from your city or county website.

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Step 2

Use services like Earth's recycler locator feature to find additional recyclers in your area. Type in "#5 Plastic (Polypropylene)" into the search box with your zip code.


Step 3

Call recyclers directly to double check that they accept polyurethane, or plastic #5.

Step 4

Arrange to have the polyurethane picked up by the recycling service if possible and if you have a large amount of materials to dispose of.

Step 5

Bring the polyurethane to the recycler yourself if a pickup cannot be arranged or is not necessary.

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