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Explore the economic impact of foam.

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

A ban on foam would mean a serious impact on small business owners and organizations that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

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.
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.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • 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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  • March 23, 2016

    Foam Recycling Grant Program is Good News for the Environment

    The Foam Recycling Coalition’s grant program is paving the way for companies to recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam by easing the financial cost of “going

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  • January 29, 2015

    Foam Recycling Grant to Improve Recycling Opportunities

    The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) has launched its much-anticipated grant program aimed at developing the infrastructure and resources necessary to collect, process, recycle and market

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  • October 29, 2014

    Foam Bans May Do More Harm than Good

    There have been ongoing efforts in California, Chicago, and New York to ban polystyrene foam products, but these potential bans are being disputed by environmentalist

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  • October 23, 2014

    Coalition Publishes Report Showing Need of Recycled Foam

    Polystyrene foam products[i] are common items within most households, as they make great single-use foodservice products like hot-beverage cups and take away food containers. They

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