Foam is 100% Recyclable!

Explore the economic impact of foam.

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs and saves millions of dollars every year.

A New England foam ban would seriously impact Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine’s small businesses and organizations, forcing them to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

Did You Know?

New England has 6 major foam recycling centers and could support many more throughout the region.


Foam Across Industries

Education
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
Foodservice
Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging in providing healthy food to their customers.
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.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • June 26, 2017

    Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know

    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

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  • March 29, 2017

    Why A Foam Ban in Bangor Would Do More Harm Than Good

    In Bangor, Maine, city councilors are considering a ban on the recyclable product polystyrene foam. The effects of the ban would be felt not only

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  • March 7, 2017

    Proposed Rhode Island Foam Ban Would Hurt State’s Small Business Owners

    On February 1, 2017, legislators in Rhode Island introduced a bill that would ban expanded polystyrene food containers, as well as plastic bags and water

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  • May 31, 2016

    Foam Recycling Should Replace Proposed Ban in Gloucester

    In Gloucester, Massachusetts, City Councilor Melissa Cox filed a proposal to ban small businesses, restaurants and other food service providers from using foam cups and food

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  • April 25, 2016

    Fighting for Foam Recycling in Rhode Island

    Sen. Joshua Miller has submitted a bill in Rhode Island that will place a ban on plastic bags, foam polystyrene and single-serve plastic bottles. In

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