Foam is good for the environment. Did you know that foam is 100% recyclable? Dart Container Corporation – based in Mason, Michigan – has been successfully recycling foam since 1990. Dart has 12 recycling centers in North America – including 3 in the Midwest – and dozens of other facilities throughout the country offer foam recycling as well.
Dart is committed to foam recycling and raising consumer awareness about the benefits of foam recycling. When polystyrene foam material is recycled, it can be used to make items such as garden nursery trays, picture frames, rulers, and architectural molding. Foam is also far less taxing on the environment than alternatives; an average-weight paper hot cup, for example, generates 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.
The continued use of foam products throughout the Midwest creates jobs, saves money, and benefits the region’s overall economy. Foam food containers save businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year.
Foam saves money in Midwestern education systems: A typical polystyrene tray costs 4 times less than a compostable tray, which allows schools to invest more money in students.
Foam products are valued in healthcare: Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Polystyrene is non-toxic: No regulatory body in the world has classified styrene – the monomer that polystyrene is made from – as a human carcinogen, and scare tactics should not persuade serious policymakers.