Foam is good for the environment. Did you know that foam is 100% recyclable? Dart Container Corporation has 12 recycling centers in North America, and dozens of other facilities throughout the country offer foam recycling as well. Dart is committed to raising consumer awareness about the benefits of foam recycling in New England. When polystyrene foam material is recycled, it can be used to make items such as garden nursery trays, picture frames, rulers, and architectural molding. Foam is also far less taxing on the environment than alternatives; an average-weight paper hot cup, for example, generates 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.
Foam saves money in New England’s education systems. A typical polystyrene tray costs 4 times less than a compostable tray, which allows schools to invest more money in students.
Foam products are valued in healthcare. Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Polystyrene is non-toxic. No regulatory body in the world has classified styrene – the monomer that polystyrene is made from — as a human carcinogen, and scare tactics should not persuade serious policymakers.