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.
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
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
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
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
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