FOAM FACTS: SOUTHEAST

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs and saves schools, businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year. A Southeast foam ban would mean a serious impact on small business owners and organization that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

FOODSERVICE

Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging to provide quality food to their customers.

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SMALL BUSINESS

Many restaurants that use foam are considered small businesses. From an economic perspective, foam is often the most cost-effective choice for small business owners.

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MANUFACTURING

The polystyrene foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency, and delivering solutions for economic growth.

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EDUCATION

A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material costs.

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HEALTHCARE

Many hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.

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SHIPPING

Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging used in shipping valuable items.

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As debates occur about expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans in Southeast, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Polystyrene foam – or foam #6 – is a misunderstood material that, in reality, offers many environmental and economic benefits. Stay in-the-know about what’s happening with potential foam bans and foam recycling around Southeast.

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