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
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
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.
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.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.
October 16, 2017
St. Paul, Minnesota Voted Against a Foam Ban
The St. Paul City Council voted against a foam ban this past Wednesday. The proposed ban would have prohibited foam cups, takeout containers, plates and
August 22, 2017
River Forest Wants to Go Green with a Foam Recycling Program
River Forest is considering bringing foam recycling to residents this coming winter. The hope is to increase the suburban village’s green initiatives and encourage residents
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
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
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