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Explore the economic impact of foam.

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

A ban on 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 tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
Foodservice
Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging in providing healthy food to their customers.
Small Business
Many restaurants that use foam are considered small businesses. From an economic perspective, foam is often the most cost effective choice for small business owners.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • 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

    Miami-Dade County Ordinance Bans Polystyrene Foam, Is Limited to Public Property

    Miami-Dade County is banning polystyrene foam from all public beaches, marinas, and parks starting on July 1st. If someone is found with polystyrene foam in

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  • February 2, 2016

    Foam Ban Voted Down in Hallandale Beach

    On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the Hallandale Beach, FL town council voted down its anti-foam ordinance 3-2. This comes six months after the proposed ordinance

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  • January 26, 2016

    Trash Collection in Hallandale Beach Proves Foam Isn’t Much of a Threat

    This past summer, young environmentalists in Hallandale Beach, FL helped make a dent in the trash and debris that had built up on the nearby

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  • June 12, 2015

    School Districts Should Know their Foam Facts

    The Urban School Food Alliance, which includes schools districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando, recently announced its transition from expanded

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