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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • October 19, 2015

    Dart President makes significant offer to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Learn more about the offer to help New York City taxpayers, small business owners and the environment with a comprehensive polystyrene recycling program!

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