It has been a paradigm shift to dispose of foam coolers. The new, more practical method is to recycle them instead of throwing them away.
Expanded Polystyrene, or EPS, is the modern foam cooler in Hawaii. It has great material for recycling. These coolers were known as "Styrofoam" back in the day. Nobody cared if they were left on the beaches or thrown into the environment. They could endanger wildlife and even cause damage to the environment.
However, in these days of greater environmental awareness, such actions are frowned upon and for good reasons.
The young generation is well educated about how litter can affect the environment, and the impact it has on human life.
Because of the inconsiderate littering of the past, the concept of styrofoam has suffered a severe image blow. People see themselves as being closer to the planet and are keen to do more to protect it. Thankfully, foam coolers today aren't made of styrofoam. However, the stigma still remains.
Public awareness has led to a greater number of resources for recycling foam coolers. This allows people to re-purpose them to make new products. To the point where even throwing them in the trash is considered wasteful. The logistics have been integrated by local and regional waste service providers. For those areas that are not covered, drop-offs can be made at participating facilities, or recyclables can be sent to a registered service provider via mail.
The EPS foam material resulting from the recycling process can be used to produce hundreds of other products, provided that the coolers aren't just cleaned and reused. This will allow for industry growth and the creation of jobs to boost the local, regional and national economies.
Remember that foam coolers are often disposable and cheap. Customers who purchase premium foam coolers tend to keep them for years. They can even be creatively used for other purposes than keeping drinks cool. You are doing something good for the environment by purchasing high-quality foam coolers.