Recycled polystyrene material can be used to make things such as garden nursery flats, picture frames, rulers, architectural molding, and surfboards. Polystyrene manufacturers innovate the polystyrene recycling process for both food containers and product packaging.
Foam products help Miami’s restaurants stay in business. Miami’s mom-and-pop restaurants are a cultural treasure, offering locals and tourists alike an authentic culinary experience. These restaurants operate on razor-thin profit margins and foam products offer them an affordable and effective food storage solution. A polystyrene foam ban could cost some of Miami’s restaurant owners up to tens of thousands of dollars per year.
Foam is far more economical than alternative materials. Food-grade polystyrene containers are generally two to three times less expensive than disposable paperboard products and reusable foodservice items. These strong foam containers provide excellent insulation at an economical price and allow Miami’s hardworking business owners to save money in a challenging economic climate.[i] Kelly Puente, Recyclable Foam Trays a Cure for Long Beach Schools’ Headache, PRESS-TELEGRAM, May 19, 2011, available at http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_18100171?source=rv. [ii] Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006).