Shipping Etc. in Lafayette is now collecting used packaging loose fill or "packing peanuts." Shipping Etc. will accept clean plastic peanuts from local residents and reuse them in their outgoing packages. Owner John Nugent says, "Peanuts offer excellent protection for our shipments and can be reused many times. We are providing our neighbors a convenient way to recycle plastic peanuts."
While packing peanuts remain a popular method of protecting package contents during shipping, they cannot be processed by most traditional recycling services, and disposal can be inconvenient. Some peanuts are made of biodegradeable ingredients such as cornstarch, however others made of polystyrene are less environmentally friendly and can take hundreds of years to decompose. Shipping Etc. is committed to lessening this environmental impact by reusing the peanuts.
Businesses and individuals who wish to recycle their packing peanuts can simply drop them off at Shipping Etc., located at 3209 West Pinhook Road, during business hours. Shipping Etc. is open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.