In 2016, the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC), is going to award grants of about $15,000 to $50,000 to organizations that either create foam polystyrene recycling programs or support ones that already exist. Both public and private organizations can apply for this grant up until April 10. In accordance with the FRC’s requirements, the grantees will create programs using the grant money that provide the necessary means to recycle fully and efficiently.
The FRC has already given away $100,000 in grants to both Denver’s Alpine Waste & Recycling and Colchester County in Nova Scotia. The money was used to purchase the equipment and infrastructure that now provides EPS foam recycling services to these communities. The goal is to provide more of this necessary infrastructure and increase transparency regarding the recycling process.
Unfortunately, many individuals and municipalities believe that EPS foam cannot be fully recycled. Big players in the industry such as The Restaurant Action Alliance and Dart Container Corporation have proven that it can be and are now taking the next step to offer information and education to eliminate the barriers to foam recycling.
Dart Container Corporation has developed and currently operates recycling programs in many states that will dispose of its products in a responsible manner. Dart is one of the world’s largest producers of EPS foam. Headquartered in Michigan, the company has successfully taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint on the world, while still providing affordable packaging options for the food industry. Scientific researchconfirmed that its products consume less energy to produce than paper alternatives. This, coupled with recycling grants such as the FRC grant, are changing public perception of EPS foam and overturning economically detrimental bans across the country.