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 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
May 18, 2016
Foam is Safe Despite Confusion Over New California Decision
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) now counts styrene as a material that could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Styrene is a
May 10, 2016
San Francisco Should Avoid Foam Ban
Home insulation, pens, and interior molding are just a few products polystyrene foam can be recycled into if properly handled after disposal. The question, of
March 23, 2016
FoamRecycle, a new company dedicated to Foam Recycling
FoamRecycle is a new company established in San Pablo, California, that is offering foam recycling programs and services. The company accepts drop off foam at
December 17, 2015
Getting Clear on the Name “Styrofoam”
Polystyrene foam is often referred to as the brand name “Styrofoam,” a trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. However, common foam containers are made from