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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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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The Safety of Foam is Wrongly Under Fire Mar23

The Safety of Foam is Wrongly Under Fire

Over the past month, there has been false information circulating in the international community surrounding the safety of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam. The source of the confusion can be traced to ill-informed and conflicting reports by the Dubai press claiming that the Ministry of Economy was calling for a ban of polystyrene foam food service products. The false claims stated the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy was seeking to ban foam products based on their carcinogenic properties. Not only are these allegations about foam false, no such ban has actually been issued. The origin of the false speculation...

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Recycling in Canada

New and upgraded recycling programs across Canada have allowed the country to offer new recycling options for plastic products for residents. According to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), individuals residing in Canada have the highest rate of access to plastic recycling...

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New Grant Program

The Foam Recycling Coalition, which is part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, has announced it will offer grants in both the public and private sectors to help fund the infrastructure for foam recycling programs. Through these grant opportunities, the coalition is targeting polystyrene...

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Montreal Recycles Foam

Polystyrene foam is made up of 98% air and is currently taking up less than 1% of landfills. Most of this is made up of disposable coffee cups and protective packaging foam. Montreal is taking steps to reduce this percentage by allowing its residents to recycle plastic material number 6, polystyrene. For a minimum of five years, the Ecocentre in LaSalle will be accepting polystyrene foam products as well as non-foamed polystyrene such as yogurt cartons and some take-out food containers. There is currently no curbside recycling program for these products, but phase two of the project will include curbside collection. The LaSalle Ecocenter is...

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Is Foam Safe?

There have been some concerns lately about the effect, if any, styrene from polystyrene foam food service products is having on our health. The question is whether residual styrene in a polystyrene foam product is safe. We need to look at the levels of styrene present and the mode of...

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