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Pack & Mail locations re-purpose, recycle packing materials

ENDWELL, N.Y. - A shipping business in Endwell is helping to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the Broome County Landfill this holiday season.

Pack & Mail, located on Hooper Road in Endwell, along with its location on Upper Front Street in the Northgate Plaza, is recycling styrofoam for free.

Once it's collected, it's fed through a machine that heats up metal that's positioned in a criss-cross pattern, cutting the foam into cubes.

Owner Sean Harrigan has been recycling styrofoam since 2010 and sells the cubes, known as "super fill," which he says is better than peanuts because it's more dense and doesn't crumble.

He says it's not only a better packing product, it helps reduce the amount of styrofoam that ends up in the landfill.

"What we during our short life span affects generations upon generations.  I'm worried about my children and my children's children and what we're leaving for them.  The better we can do for the environment, the better we can do for them.  It isn't just about us," said Harrigan.

Styrofoam is not bio-degradable and will not break down over time.

People can stop in with large pieces of styrofoam, foam peanuts, along with boxes and bubble wrap that hasn't been popped.

Harrigan says he recycles around 200 square feet of styrofoam each week.

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