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  • Dow Recycles

    February 11, 2013

    Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company, a producer of plastic and polystyrene foam materials, has launched a new progressive concept that hopes to take consumers beyond the commonly known “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” campaign. Dow hopes that by adding a fourth “R” of “Recover” to the concept consumers will not view plastic or polystyrene packaging as waste, but as just another step in the new “4R” more

  • Recycling Increases

    January 25, 2013

    A new report released by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) indicates that the amount of post-consumer plastics recycled across Canada increased in 2011 when compared to 2010. An additional 24 percent of packaging and products were recycled in 2011 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., who conducted the year-over-year more

  • Girl Scout Initiates Foam Recycling Program

    November 12, 2012

    Local Girl Scout, Jane Sullebarger, initiated a project working with town officials to bring polystyrene foam (sometimes mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company) recycling to the Harvard transfer station at least two times in the next more

  • Local Fast Food Restaurant Recycles Foam

    October 29, 2012

    This October in Jacksonville, Texas, local Dairy Queen restaurant owners, Gene and Donna Brumbelow, were reported pioneering foam recycling efforts by offering customers foam recycling services in store. Gene Brumbelow credits his wife for tackling the project and hoped their efforts will have a positive impact on the more

  • New Foam Cup Study

    October 15, 2012

    According to a new study conducted by a leading Dutch research institute, single-use cups, such as polystyrene foam cups, are generally less harmful to the environment than the re-usable cup alternatives. The study conducted by TNO (the Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research) compared the environmental impact of single-use cups to that of re-usable more

  • Dart Recycles Foam

    September 27, 2012

    Dart Container Corporation, the leading producer of single-use food service products (including polystyrene foam cups and containers), for the fifth consecutive year participated in the Great American River Clean Up. Each year, Dart brings with them educational opportunities and an army of Dart employees to more

  • New Foam Recycling Center

    September 11, 2012

    Cindy and Brent Fifer recently purchased 16 acres of land in Elkhart, Indiana to start Nature’s Wood Products (NWP), a large-scale recycling center. Cindy Fifer stated NWP will start with foam recycling services in order to “meet the pressing need.” The company eventually plans to expand its recycling services to cardboard and more

  • The Truth about Foam Safety

    September 04, 2012

    The safety of foam, sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Styrofoam®” which is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, and how it relates to the food service industry continues to be debated by consumers, politicians, and environmentalists. But what’s it all about? Does the everyday consumer really have reason to worry their foam coffee cup will harm them? more

  • Cinema Recycles Foam

    August 28, 2012

    According to waste management specialists, Kevin Vibert and Tim Michael, paper cups, even if they’re labeled compostable, are often coated with a substance that prevents the paper cups from breaking down. Paper cups also lack strong insulation properties, thus, in order to keep your hands from burning, paper cups usually require a cardboard sleeve or additional material to keep your hands more

  • A Foam Ban Would be Costly

    August 07, 2012

    Portland, Maine gets closer to enacting a foam ban, but coffee shops and takeout restaurants say the ban will be costly. Business owners also fear the decision will be unpopular among customers. Dan Fuentes tried selling coffee in paper cups three years ago at the Lobby Café on Congress Street. He said using paper cups increased his expenses because they cost twice as much as polystyrene foam more