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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

  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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