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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Artist Uses Foam Cups

In response to his deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003, and his return trip as a delegate to the International Labor Conference in 2009, war veteran Aaron Hughes recently launched a project to start a conversation regarding difficult war topics and to make sense of the traumas that come with being deployed. Through his installation known as The Tea Project, the artist and teacher is using polystyrene foam cups as a mold to create and display 779 porcelain tea cups, each representing one of the men detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.1 The Tea Project is a series of exhibits and performances that are all centered on the foam cups...

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EPS Foam Recycling

The EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) published its annual report detailing the amount of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycled throughout the United States. The report shows steady growth in the amount of EPS recycling due to the EPS collection and processing technology advancements, as well...

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Cleveland Recycling

A non-profit waste management company based out of Cleveland, OH is taking advantage of the need for local businesses to dispose of their used polystyrene foam products in a proactive and responsible manner. The Buckeye Industries Eastlake location has started collecting used foam materials...

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Michigan Adds to Foam Recycling Availability

A new drop-off location for polystyrene foam products in Michigan adds to the already growing numbers of areas where residents are able to responsibly dispose of used foam materials. In partnership with Dart Container Corporation, a Michigan-based organization itself, the Jefferson Township Recycling and Waste Transfer Station has added the recycling of foam products to its capabilities. The material makes up several forms of the single-use foodservice products, such as hot beverage cups and take-away food containers, and packaging materials for the shipping of fragile products. With the intention to divert foam products from area...

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New Recycling Center

A new recycling facility in Indianapolis, IN will create major recycling opportunities for residents and organizations throughout the U.S. Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI), one of the largest recyclers of polystyrene foam materials, recently opened a center dedicated to recycling foam cups,...

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Alberta City Recycling Pilot Program

The City of Airdrie, Alberta has partnered with a local organization to boost the recycling efforts of its residents. Airdrie’s Waste and Recycling Services department is specifically targeting the material polystyrene foam; by doing so, city leaders hope to divert excess waste from area landfills through a brand new recycling program. Consumers often mistakenly refer to polystyrene foam items as Styrofoam®, which is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. The material makes up several forms of the single-use foodservice products consumers prefer, such as hot beverage cups and take-away food containers. Airdrie Waste and Recycle...

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Recycle in Montreal

The City of Montreal and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) have launched a new program aimed at boosting the recycling efforts of its residents. Specifically targeting the material polystyrene foam, the CPIA and Montreal are looking to divert excess waste from area landfills...

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