Why Choose Foam?

A soft drink in a foam cup will still have more carbonation in it after 15 minutes than the same drink in a paper cup after 2 minutes.

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The Truth About Foam

Foam, sometimes mistakenly referred to as ‘Styrofoam®’ which is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, is one of our most valuable products because foam is inexpensive and safe to use. Most hospitals use foam products because foam products minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens compared to reusables. Foam is recyclable while also providing many consumer benefits. Foam products are lightweight, sturdy, inexpensive, and insulated. Foam cups can be recycled. Dart Container Corporation has 15 recycling centers in North America. There are many consumer and small and big business solutions for recycling foam....

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Landfill Myths

Foam makes up less than 1% by both weight and volume of our landfill waste. Most consumers who purchase paper cups don’t realize that more paper cups end up in landfills than foam cups.

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Schools Misinforming Students about Foam Products

There has been a large amount of misinformation surrounding EPS foam foodservice products being used by many school districts. Unfortunately, well-meaning staff who are looking to create environmentally sustainable schools have been taking some of the myths surrounding EPS foam as fact and are now looking to abrogate its use. This causes two long term problems: it will cost the school system almost double to replace all foam foodservice products with an alternative, and it perpetuates the cycle of misinformation with the students, their parents and additional staff members. One of the main accusations being thrown around is that plastic,...

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Denver Foam Recycling Gets to Work

Earlier this year, the Foam Recycling Coalition (part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute) announced that it would be providing grants to help waste management companies collect and recycle EPS foam, and then sell the recycled product to end-users. Alpine Waste & Recycling in Colorado was the first recipient of a $45,000 grant to provide these services to the Commerce City area. The President of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, Lynn Dyer, cited Alpine’s thoughtfulness and future preparedness as the reasons their application stood out from the numerous others. Alpine plans to use the grant money to buy a large scale foam densifier...

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Florida Mayor Champions Foam Recycling May19

Florida Mayor Champions Foam Recycling

The Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Joy Cooper, shut down a proposal to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. The Mayor’s commendable decision is based on her understanding that banning EPS foam containers on the beach doesn’t solve the problem of littering. Rather, the proper solution is educating its citizens of the economic and environmental benefits of foam recycling. Her overhaul starts with a six month foam recycling campaign focused on shedding light on litter prevention and recycling best practices. Mayor Cooper commented to the local newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, regarding her decision that “Products don’t litter, people do.”...

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Foam Recycling Means No Product Ban in Oxford May05

Foam Recycling Means No Product Ban in Oxford

Street vendors and small businesses throughout the city of Oxford, England, are celebrating a legislative victory that will keep down the cost of doing business. The Oxford city council recently introduced a policy that would have banned disposable products that are not recyclable and biodegradable. Council members erroneously believed single-use foam products were a part of the group. The policy was revised slightly to state, “recyclable or biodegradable,” a definition that will ultimately allow eateries and consumers to use the preferred polystyrene foam products. The measure set in motion was meant to remove unnecessary waste from local...

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Facts vs. Politics: The Real Foam Story

In today’s world, foam cups and food containers get a bad reputation. Foam, or expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, is such a large part of our daily lives that we may not even think about its utility. Foam keeps our food safe, insulates our morning coffee, and provides protection when we ship our belongings across the country. Further, foam is recyclable and economical; so why is there so much negative information swirling around a product that does so much for us? The answer: misinformed politics. In reality, foam cups and food containers provide us daily insurance that our hot things stay hot, and our cold things stay cold. If consumers...

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Foam Recycling: The Clear Solution

The expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam industry has been under attack, facing gross misrepresentation and city-wide bans. The anti-foam sentiment has become increasingly widespread in recent months with politicians and environmentalists ignoring facts and simply instituting bans for political effects. The reality of the situation: recycling foam is smart, economically feasible and an environmentally sound alternative to a ban. Bans not only threaten American jobs and strain local businesses, they are not as effective as improving the environment as their supporters would like to think. New York became the largest city to ban EPS when it...

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Recycling in McHenry

McHenry County, IL, has a dedicated team of environmental enthusiasts known as The Environmental Defenders who conducted a recycling collection on March 14. The collection focused on fluorescent tubes, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, batteries and electronics, and was held at 4005 Main...

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