An inside look at the foam recycling industry was feature in the March 2015 issue of Scrap magazine. The magazine does a great job showing the market and need for comprehensive polystyrene recycling programs. Foam recycling continues to be a potential avenue for growth for both cities and industries.
Recycling In Action
The following excerpts are from “The Big Apple Made A Big Blunder on EPS” by Patty Moore. Read the full article here: http://www.resource-recycling.com/node/5626
In 2013, the New York City Council passed Local Law No. 142, which required the commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation to determine whether or not food service expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam containers could be recycled in an economically feasible and environmentally effective manner that is safe for employees
Bringing recycling into schools is a great way to teach students the value of environmental stewardship while also reducing the amount of waste a school produces. Porterville Unified School District in Porterville, California has taken on this responsibility by utilizing a melter to recycle their polystyrene trays.
Communities across the world are debating if they should consider banning polystyrene foam or if they should recycle it. Banning polystyrene forces businesses into switching to costlier alternatives and still leads to waste from foam packaging in shipping. Foam recycling is becoming an increasingly viable decision for communities to consider. With increasing demand for recycled polystyrene in manufacture processes around the world, there is a viable market for the recycled materials.
The Foam Recycling Coalition launched a brand new grant program to help communities pay for foam recycling equipment. The grant program will help communities that are recycling of foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays and protective packaging. The grants will be available to both public and private sector organizations and will range from an estimated $15,000 to $50,000 each.