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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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