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
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.
Foam manufacturers are innovating the way polystyrene foam is recycled for both food containers and product packaging.
Banning foam foodservice products would cost millions for the restaurant industry – an industry that already has razor thin profit margins.
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”.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.
May 30, 2017
Carlsbad School District Educating Students About Foam Recycling
The Carlsbad Unified School District is participating in a year-round polystyrene foam lunch tray recycling program that’s equal parts action and education. The “Going the
May 4, 2017
Dart Container Joins LA River Cleanup for Earth Day
On Saturday, April 22, employees at Dart Container’s Corona, CA facility celebrated Earth Day by volunteering for The Annual Great LA River Cleanup. Along with
April 24, 2017
California Considers Banning Polystyrene, but More Effective Actions Already in Place
California State Senator Ben Allen has proposed a statewide ban on polystyrene foam takeout containers in restaurants and stores. The proposed law would go into
April 12, 2017
Polystyrene Foam Ban Will Hurt Encinitas Restaurant Owners
On November 10, 2016, the city of Encinitas, CA, passed a citywide ban on polystyrene foam foodservice products. Polystyrene foam—not to be confused with Styrofoam,
March 31, 2017
City of Davis Seeks Business Input for Ban on Foam
On April 18, the City Council of Davis, CA will meet to review a ban on polystyrene foam. However, before they make a decision, they