Parcel recipients who heretofore have wondered how to dispose of clingy polystyrene peanuts without unleashing them on the environment will find a conscientious taker in Mail Boxes Etc., a 1,200-store shipping service that reuses them. You can find the nearest outlet under Packaging Services in your local yellow pages. Or call 800-828-2214 for the nearest drop-off center.

A list of recyclers who take peanuts and process them for other applications (as opposed to putting them back into play) can be obtained from the Polystyrene Packaging Council, 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 515, Washington, DC 20036; 202-822-6424. -- Robert A. Mamis

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