California GoFoam

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

  • August 22, 2017

    Pasadena Had the Chance to Recycle but Chose a Ban Instead

    Pasadena, California, is further extending its foam ban to include all restaurants starting August 22nd. Their initial ban mandated that all city facilities and events

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  • August 14, 2017

    San Francisco’s Foam Ban Goes Too Far

    San Francisco has approved a new citywide law on its foam ban, making it the most extensive ban on foam in the U.S. The city

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  • August 14, 2017

    Los Angeles Goes in the Wrong Direction with Foam Ban

    Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors met on August 2nd to discuss a potential ban on polystyrene food containers. They believe that these containers are accumulating

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  • July 19, 2017

    Restaurants Worry About Potential Foam Ban in Grover Beach

    Grand Avenue in Grover Beach, CA offers locals and tourists a wide array of restaurants to choose from. Most of these restaurants are locally owned

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  • July 19, 2017

    Redding Joins San Diego in a Foam Recycling Program

    Redding, CA is one step closer to making its city a waste free society. The Foam Recycling Coalition granted Redding $49,000, allowing businesses and residents

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