Foam is 100% Recyclable!

Explore the economic impact of foam.

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

Eliminating foam from the Midwest would seriously impact the region’s small businesses and organizations, forcing them to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

Did You Know?

There are more than 40 major foam recycling centers throughout Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. There’s no question that the Midwest could support many more across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin.


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

  • February 28, 2017

    Foam Recycling is Available in Urbana, Illinois

    Let’s clear up the common misconception that foam products cannot be recycled and that they pose a threat to our environment because foam is, in

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  • February 28, 2017

    Residents Can Recycle Foam in Twin Falls, Indiana

    What makes foam #6 special is that it is can be recycled over and over again. Although the recycling process for foam is more complex

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  • January 25, 2017

    St. Paul Gauging Interest for Banning Foam and More

    Though St. Paul is not currently introducing a polystyrene foam ban, the City Council is conducting listening sessions to hear from citizens, regarding their thoughts

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  • August 3, 2016

    The City of Madison Increased Its Foam Recycling Presence

    Foam recycling is the best way to protect the environmental and economic health of our major cities. In order to keep foam, or as it

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  • May 10, 2016

    The Waste Sleuth Investigates Polystyrene Recycling

    Plastic Recycling Inc., and “The Waste Sleuth,” Todd Sutton, partnered to investigate a Plastic Recycling Inc. foam recycling plant in Indianapolis.  This recycling facility is

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