A Victory for NYC Recycling
Explore the economic impact of foam and foam recycling.

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs and saves millions of dollars every year.

A ban on polystyrene foam would mean a serious impact on small business owners and organizations that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.


Foam Across Industries

Education
A typical foam food tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
Polystyrene foam can be recycled and used in the manufacturing of new consumer goods, such as picture frames, crown molding and plant containers.
Foodservice
Restaurants throughout New York City will see a $57 million increase in the costs of foodservice products should a ban on foam products take effect.
Small Business
90% of the restaurants in New York City are locally owned and considered small businesses. This segment will face the brunt of the burden should this ban take effect.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • March 22, 2017

    Foam Ban Expansion Voted Down in Albany County

    Albany County legislators recently voted down an expansion of the polystyrene foam ban already in place. Legislators passed a law banning foam products in chain

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  • March 8, 2017

    Monroe County Begins Petition to Ban Polystyrene Foam

    On February 17, 2017, the Rochester chapter of the Sierra Club published a petition proposing that local officials ban expanded polystyrene foam products from Monroe

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  • February 22, 2017

    Albany Considering Expanding Polystyrene Ban

    Since 2014, Albany County has enforced a ban on polystyrene foam food and beverage containers from restaurants and eateries with 15 or more establishments in

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  • January 27, 2017

    Styrofoam recycling continues in Madison County

    Madison County announced the continuation of its expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycling program in 2017 after holding a successful pilot program in 2016. Polystyrene foam—not

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  • January 18, 2017

    Albany County considers expanding ban on polystyrene foam products

    Albany County legislator Chris Higgins introduced a new law that would extend a polystyrene foam ban already in place in the county. The expansion would

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