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.
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.
May 22, 2014
New Foam Ban Measures Questioned in Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis, MN recently decided to take a proposed amendment that would change the way many of its local restaurants, grocery stores, food
April 7, 2014
Portland Foam Ban Opposed in Committee Meeting
While some members of the Portland, Maine, Committee on Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy met on Wednesday, March 19, to discuss the proposed polystyrene foam ban,
January 15, 2014
Pittsburgh Area Urged to Recycle Polystyrene Foam
Residents of Pittsburgh, PA, are being encouraged by members of the Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) to submit the polystyrene foam used to package recently purchased
November 5, 2013
MCS Industries, Inc. Wins Coveted Recycling Award
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently announced the winners of their 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards which recognizes organizations that demonstrate a high level of
October 4, 2013
Portland City Council Delays Idea of Foam Ban
The City Council of Portland, Maine, has decided to delay any further action on a potential ban of polystyrene foam foodservice items after several community