FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- You've opened all of your holiday presents, but now what do you do with the styrofoam that encased them?
King County estimates each year half a million cubic yards of styrofoam are thrown in the garbage. That's enough to fill the Smith Tower -- two and a half times.
Styrofoam is not supposed to go in the garbage cause it will sit in the land fill for thousands of years.
and its not supposed to go in the traditional recycling. So what's a consumer to do?
The City of Federal Way has set up a styrofoam drop off in the city hall parking lot. In a few weeks, a private, specialty recycling company will pick it up.
"Here is an option for those who are thinking, 'What do I do with it?' We've hopefully provided a solution in a central location near City Hall," says Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest.
Federal Way asks that you don't bring in dirty styrofoam, cups or food trays.