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

  • August 14, 2017

    Algonquin Township Starts a Plastic Foam Waste Collection

    In July 2016, Algonquin Township in McHenry county suspended its foam collection program for recycled material. The collection was suspended due to a decline in

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  • July 24, 2017

    Foam Cups Return to Chicago-Area McDonald’s

    Customers want cups that keep their drinks colder for longer, and some Chicago-area McDonald’s restaurants are answering the call. Certain franchises are returning to polystyrene

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  • July 18, 2017

    Successful Polystyrene Recycling Event in Mason, Michigan

    Event organizers are very happy with Mason, Michigan’s polystyrene collection this past month. The event took place at Waste Management’s Westside Landfill and they received

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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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  • 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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