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  • Polystyrene to Diamonds

    August 24, 2017

    Science Alert (August 23, 2017) - If you think the weather's bad on our planet, consider the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, where intense pressures and super-hot temperatures are thought to cause cascading showers of diamonds. Now, researchers have recreated the effect here on Earth. Using high-powered optical lasers to rapidly heat polystyrene, researchers were able to produce and then study this diamond rain in the lab, a result that could help us understand much more about the conditions on other planets like Neptune and Uranus...Read More....read more

  • A Vancouver Foam Ban Would Hurt Local Restaurant Owners

    August 18, 2017

    In an effort to become a zero-waste community by 2040, the City of Vancouver is considering new strategies to reduce polystyrene foam food packaging waste, among other materials. But, not only will restaurant owners in Vancouver be unhappy about making Vancouver foam-free, there are greener options that don’t involve banning a material crucial for businesses....read more

  • Material Recovery Facilities Want Your Foodservice Products

    July 13, 2017

    A Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is a specific plant that receives, separates, and prepares recyclable materials for different end-user manufacturers. Manufacturers believe that by recycling the durable materials from foodservice packaging into fiber sources, a whole new market could be created....read more

  • Expanded Polystyrene Recycling (video)

    July 11, 2017

    Expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging is being recycled more than you think!...read more

  • Take it from a trash researcher: Banning polystyrene food containers won't do any good

    July 11, 2017

    The Times’ June 6 editorial, “California’s failure to ban polystyrene means cities like Los Angeles need to step up,” encourages city governments to pursue a misguided ban on one type of food-service container that already failed in the state Legislature. Concerned about litter accumulating in our oceans, beaches, roadsides and storm drains, The Times urges cities to ban take-out packaging made of polystyrene foam (commonly and erroneously referred to as the brand name Styrofoam)....read more

  • NYC Restaurant Owners, Business Leaders, Environmental Advocates and Community Activists Voice Strong Support for Intro 1480

    May 12, 2017

    The Restaurant Action Alliance, New York State Business Council and small business owners today joined with concerned New Yorkers from across the city and state to urge the New York Council to pass Intro 1480 – progressive legislation that would expand curbside recycling to include polystyrene foam. The bill, which is sponsored by Fernando Cabrera and Donovan Richards, has twenty (20) co-sponsors who represent incredibly diverse communities across the City....read more

  • Start recycling polystyrene foam: A program would be a boon to New York City's small businesses

    May 12, 2017

    The New York City Council is set to hear testimony on Ia progressive bill that establishes a curbside program to recycle polystyrene foam across the city. I urge members of the Council’s Sanitation Committee to pass this legislation without delay. The bill responds to the cries of small business owners who have asked government to help ease the growing financial burdens of doing business in the city....read more

  • EPS Recycling is Growing

    March 09, 2017

    Recycling foam is beneficial for many reasons. Polystyrene is extremely valuable once it has been compacted and the price for EPS even exceeds that of other materials in some markets. New technology for recycling foam has improved the process immensely....read more

  • Grants Offered for Expanded Polystyrene Foam Recycling

    February 27, 2017

    Foam recycling programs now have more funding available as of this month thanks to the Foam Recycling Coalition. The Foam Recycling Coalition, also known as the FRC, opened up its grant submission process in order to encourage and support increased recycling of packaging made from polystyrene....read more

  • Athens-Clarke Awarded Foam Recycling Coalition Grant

    August 22, 2016

    The community of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia has received a $29,000 grant to expand their polystyrene recycling efforts. The grant, issued by the Foam Recycling Coalition, was awarded to the County in response to their outstanding commitment to recycling post-consumer items....read more

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