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
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
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.
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.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.
August 14, 2017
The Maine Restaurant Association Worries about Foam Ban
After much deliberation in the Maine House and Senate, a state-wide ban on polystyrene foam was vetoed by Governor LePage. The vetoed bill would have
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
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
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
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