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

A typical foam food tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year.
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Polystyrene foam can be recycled and used in the manufacturing of new consumer goods, such as picture frames, crown molding and plant containers.
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.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • June 21, 2016

    Defending Foam Use in New York

    Green County in New York has tried to implement a local policy that regulates the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam at restaurants in the

    Continue Reading
  • May 18, 2016

    Solid waste to host foam recycling extravaganza

    The Madison County Department of Solid Waste hosted a polystyrene foam recycling event on April 22, in honor of Earth Day. Residents had the opportunity

    Continue Reading
  • March 16, 2016

    NYC Supreme Court kicked off the new year with foam victory

    Recyclers and small business owners in New York City entered this year with a victory when a New York Supreme Court overturned the city’s expanded

    Continue Reading
  • December 8, 2015

    New York City Councilmembers Spearhead Holiday Foam Recycling

    Holiday gifts are notorious for their packaging, but this year, New York City residents are being urged to think before throwing all that packaging away.

    Continue Reading
  • December 4, 2015

    Foam recycling wins again!

    In what is sure to be hailed as a decisive victory for the environment, the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division denied New York

    Continue Reading