Southeast News Archive

  • Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know

    June 26, 2017

    As some states, cities, and communities debate expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Foam opponents often argue that foam is not recyclable, or that it’s bad for human and environmental health, but this simply isn’t the case. Polystyrene foam—or foam #6—is a misunderstood material that, in reality, offers many environmental and economic benefits....read more

  • Polystyrene Foam Recycling Center Opens in Thomaston

    November 22, 2016

    Residents of Thomaston, GA are able to recycle their polystyrene foam products more conveniently now thanks to Dart Container Corporation. The plastics manufacturer recently opened a foam recycling drop-off center for city residents that is accessible 24 hours per day, seven days a week....read more

  • Foam Ban Avoids Littering Issue in Charleston’s Folly Beach

    October 17, 2016

    Folly Beach City Council has proposed to ban polystyrene foam from its shores in an effort to keep its oceans clean. A ban on EPS foam (a material mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company) would mean a ban on all foam foodservices items, such as food and beverage containers as well as beach coolers....read more

  • Georgia County Awarded Grant to Expand Foam Collection Program

    August 26, 2016

    The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC), part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, awarded Athens-Clarke County in Georgia a $29,000 grant to expand the county’s polystyrene foam collection program at its Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). The county’s solid waste department, which serves a population of roughly 125,000, intends to use the grant money to buy densifiers that compact polystyrene foam into condensed bricks. These bricks will then be shipped to polystyrene recyclers and other markets....read more

  • Industry Seeks to Clarify Foam Fallacies in the Southeast

    October 05, 2015

    The foam industry has ramped up its educational efforts throughout the southeastern region of the United States, seeking to clear up misconceptions that persistently malign polystyrene product. Foam is the preferred food container for many governments, school boards, and business owners in states from Arkansas to Tennessee because of its affordability and effectiveness. But what many people don’t know is that these foam products are recyclable, too....read more