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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

  • September 14, 2017

    New York City Sued Over Wrongful Determination that Foam Isn’t Recyclable

    New York City is preparing to institute a city-wide ban on expanded polystyrene foam, but the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC has other plans. This coalition

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  • June 26, 2017

    Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know

    As some states, cities, and communities debate expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Foam opponents often argue that foam is

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  • June 26, 2017

    Recycling Initiative Proposed as Alternative to NYC Foam Ban

    As New York City prepares to institute a citywide ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging, a proposed law to recognize EPS as a recyclable

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  • May 30, 2017

    NYC Council’s Foam Decision is Anti-Small Business

    On May 12, following a New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) report, the New York City Council is instituting a citywide ban on single-use

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  • 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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