A waste recycling partnership between the city of Galveston and UTMB is paying off big by making Styrofoam small. Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene foam, is 95 percent air and, until recently, could not be efficiently reduced and recycled. In the partnership’s first year, however, UTMB recycled the equivalent of 50 semi-truck trailers filled with Styrofoam, said Paul Booth, Galveston’s acting environmental services superintendent. A new melting process reduced the waste to about half a truckload, all of it recyclable. “Just over a year ago, this material was going into landfills,” Booth said.