Access to Recycling

July 28, 2015

While some cities are enacting bans on foam, access to foam recycling continues to increase throughout the country. Grants for cities and companies to expand their abilities to recycle foam #6 are among the reasons for this continued growth in access.

A strong example of this is seen in Denver, Colorado. The Foam Recycling Coalition awarded a $45,000 grant to Alpine Waste & Recycling of Metro Denver. This grant makes Alpine Waste & Recycling the first company in Denver to recycle polystyrene foam products. According to the Foam Recycling Coalition, Alpine’s focus on the long-term future of PS foam recycling made the company stand out as a strong grantee. The Foam Recycling Coalition will play a big role in continuing to increase access to foam recycling because it plans to announce new grantees later this year.

Outside of the Foam Recycling Coalition, cities are also supporting foam recycling expansion. Recently, Cedar Falls, Iowa, received a grant to assist the city in creating a foam recycling program. A grant from Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources will go towards investing in foam recycling equipment and the opening of drop-off locations.

Because of grants like the ones given to Alpine Waste & Recycling and to Cedar Falls, recycling EPS foam has become an accessible reality for many residents. These grants demonstrate that foam recycling programs can be scaled to other cities and towns around the United States.

In addition to grant programs, foam recycling access is increasing through other avenues, such as school lunch tray recycling, drop-off centers, and curbside recycling. Machines, like the StyroGenie, enable PS foam to be densified into blocks without the need for large commercial recycling centers to be involved. This makes it easier for schools and communities to handle their own foam recycling.

Overall, the increase in access to foam recycling through grants and the creation of new programs is encouraging for the future.