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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

  • 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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  • November 21, 2016

    Annual UC Davis Event Recycles over 826 Pounds of Foam Packaging

    The aggies of UC Davis will be giving a second life to 826 pounds of foam packaging and 16,040 pounds of cardboard collected during their

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  • September 13, 2016

    City of Del Mar Discusses Polystyrene Ban

    Del Mar’s Sustainability Advisory Board is advocating for an ordinance banning the use of polystyrene foam food containers in the city. However, many are concerned

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  • May 18, 2016

    Another Successful Great LA River Clean-Up

    Dart Container and its employees are committed to protecting the environment. The company continues to open foam recycling centers across the country, including one recently

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