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W2W @ Volcom Pipe Pro

The waves are firing at Pipe and now we are collecting styrofoam at he Volcom Pipe Pro 2013.  During the waiting period, you can bring your waste foam to the surf shop, Tropical Rush, in Haleiwa. You can literally “Turn your trash to slash” by bringing your waste foam to Tropical Rush. Several pro surfers at the contest have surfboards made from recycled EPS surfboard blanks, and they love how the recycled blanks surf. Check out this video from Torrey [...]

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How The Program Works

  Step 1: Collect All of Your Waste EPS Foam You probably got it when you bought a new TV, computer, or some furniture. Most cities don’t let you recycle this, and it just feels wrong to throw it into the trash can. A much higher use for this foam is to have it recycled and turned into new products, including surfboard blanks. We only accept clean, white, #6, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam.  This is exactly the same foam used [...]

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Find Foam Dropoff Sites

Find a location to drop off your waste polystyrene packaging foam (aka EPS foam or “styrofoam”). NORTHERN CALIFORNIA San Francisco Bay Area: Proof Lab Marin County – 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941 Other SF City dropoff sites are temporarily suspended. We are working on a solution. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Los Angeles County: Earth Technologies – 1647 Sepulveda Blvd, Unit 7, Torrance CA 90501 Orange County: Pure Glass - 1777 Placentia, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Foam E-Z – 6455 Industry Way, [...]

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Upcoming Events

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If you haven’t been to the Aquarium of the Pacific yet, here’s a great opportunity. It’s a world class aquarium. My favorite exhibits are the pelagic birds, the large tidal wave simulator tank, and of course the sea lion show and tank. It’s quite fun to walk through sea lion tank tunnel and watch them watching you while they swim circles around you. Don’t forget, foam donors will get a 20% discount on any purchases at the Aquarium Gift Store. [...]

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Mike Losness has finished painting the raffle board.  The pictures speak for themselves. We are stoked on the endangered sea turtle design. Keep your trash out of the ocean and away from the turtles… unless you turn it into a surfboard first! This board will be made from: Recycled EPS blank from Marko Foam with a bamboo stringer Super Sap epoxy resin from Entropy Resin (bio-based resin with 30% biological content) FCS Greenflex fins made from recycled carpet fibers Vented [...]

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The beauty of the Waste to Waves program is that the foam collection occurs on the “back end” of a normal business. Marko Foam drives all over Southern California delivering its surfboard blanks to shapers and builders.  On the return trip home, they can fill up the empty van with waste EPS foam collected at surf shops.Thus the cost of shipping foam is already paid for by sales of a different product. Why is this important?  Because it’s actually very [...]

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Here’s a big thanks to Michael Marckx, President of Spy. Michael Marckx is also current  Chairman of the Board for the Surfrider Foundation. We are grateful for Spy’s support in Waste to Waves, which has been incredibly helpful. Without their support, we wouldn’t be collecting foam at all. Thanks also to Mark Marovich, Charlie Ninegar, and the entire Spy team! Spy fills up at least one big bag per week of EPS foam.      

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If you are in the South Bay of Los Angeles, take your foam to Spyder Surf shop…  they know what to do with it! That’s enough foam for two blanks at least.

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Breaking news! Waste to Waves will be collecting EPS foam at the WREX the Halls music festival in San Diego, Dec 9-10.

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