News Archive

  • Schools Misinforming Students about Foam Products

    June 16, 2015

    There has been a large amount of misinformation surrounding EPS foam foodservice products being used by many school districts. Unfortunately, well-meaning staff who are looking to create environmentally sustainable schools have been taking some of the myths surrounding EPS foam as fact and are now looking to abrogate its use....read more

  • Denver Foam Recycling Gets to Work

    June 12, 2015

    Earlier this year, the Foam Recycling Coalition (part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute) announced that it would be providing grants to help waste management companies collect and recycle EPS foam, and then sell the recycled product to end-users....read more

  • Florida Mayor Champions Foam Recycling

    May 19, 2015

    The Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Joy Cooper, shut down a proposal to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. The Mayor’s commendable decision is based on her understanding that banning EPS foam containers on the beach doesn’t solve the problem of littering....read more

  • Foam Recycling Means No Product Ban in Oxford

    May 05, 2015

    Street vendors and small businesses throughout the city of Oxford, England, are celebrating a legislative victory that will keep down the cost of doing business. The Oxford city council recently introduced a policy that would have banned disposable products that are not recyclable and biodegradable. Council members erroneously believed single-use foam products were a part of the group....read more

  • Facts vs. Politics: The Real Foam Story

    April 29, 2015

    In today’s world, foam cups and food containers get a bad reputation. Foam, or expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, is such a large part of our daily lives that we may not even think about its utility. Foam keeps our food safe, insulates our morning coffee, and provides protection when we ship our belongings across the country....read more

  • Foam Recycling: The Clear Solution

    April 23, 2015

    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....read more

  • Recycling in McHenry

    March 30, 2015

    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 Street in the Metra Station parking lot....read more

  • The Safety of Foam is Wrongly Under Fire

    March 23, 2015

    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....read more

  • Recycling in Canada

    March 13, 2015

    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 programs since CPIA began keeping records 10 years ago....read more

  • New Grant Program

    February 11, 2015

    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 foam single-use foodservice products, such as cups, plates, clamshells and cafeteria trays, as well as protective packaging used when shipping electronics or fragile items....read more