GoFoam supports the environmental and economic benefits of foam products.
Foam is a versatile product used in disposable foodservice supplies and protective packaging material.
Polystyrene foam is recyclable in the few communities with curbside or drop-off site programs for foam products. However, foam manufacturers are dedicated to increasing recycling efforts and encourage comprehensive educational programs for consumers. The foam manufacturing industry supports sustainability, stewardship, and decreasing a product’s carbon footprint. Additionally, polystyrene foam manufacturers innovate the way foam is recycled for both food containers and product packaging. When PS foam material is recycled, it can be used to make items such as garden nursery trays, picture frames, and rulers. Foam recycling programs have saved some schools between 20-40% on material collection fees.
Foam products are lightweight, strong, heat resistant, insulated, moisture resistant, and affordable.
Foam products serve as a vital part of our economy, offering thousands of jobs and business solutions in healthcare, education, and foodservice industries. Foam food containers save schools, businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year.
Foam saves money in the education industry: A typical polystyrene tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.[i]
Foam products are valued in healthcare: Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
The foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
[i] Kelly Puente, Recyclable Foam Trays a Cure for Long Beach Schools’ Headache
, PRESS-TELEGRAM, May 19, 2011, available at