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Did you know: Foam recycling is available in California

Explore the economic impact of foam.

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs across the country and saves consumers millions of dollars every year.

Businesses and government facilities from San Francisco to Los Angeles rely on foam. Alternative products don’t insulate nearly as well, they cost more, and in many cases, they generate more waste, while increasing air and water emissions over their life cycles..


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
Foam manufacturers are innovating the way polystyrene foam is recycled for both food containers and product packaging.
Foodservice
Banning foam foodservice products would cost millions for the restaurant industry – an industry that already has razor thin profit margins.
Small Business
Banning foam would hurt small businesses – 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging law makers to oppose SB 568, cited as a “job killer”.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • December 22, 2016

    Long Beach Foam Ban Will Include Public Input

    On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council voted to delay a foam ban at restaurants, grocers, and other retailers. Polystyrene foam—often mistakenly referred to as

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  • December 16, 2016

    Proposed Culver City polystyrene ban projected to hurt local businesses

    The Culver City council voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, grocers, and other retailers from using polystyrene foam products.

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  • December 16, 2016

    Malibu Foam Collection is a Step in the Right Direction

    Malibu residents participated in America Recycles Day last month, a national event that encourages citizens to protect the environment. The Malibu City Council partnered with

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  • November 22, 2016

    Encinitas Restaurant Owners Vocal in Opposing Foam Ban

    Encinitas City Hall received more than 800 petitions asking the city to drop a proposed ban on polystyrene foam food containers. However, the citywide ban

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  • November 22, 2016

    Revolutionary Foam Recycling Technology Helps California Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

    One company is revolutionizing the way people can recycle polystyrene foam. Plastics Recycling Inc. (PRI)—based out of Indianapolis—is urging people to think of foam and

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