A $45,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition will enable a Denver-area company to begin processing expanded polystyrene and possibly open the door to curbside collection of the material.
New York City’s recent decision to ban foam food service products due to curbside recycling obstacles has raised another question: What are other municipalities doing with the material?
Foam products maker Dart Container and Plastics Recycling, Inc. are investing $4 million to $6 million to build a facility in Indiana that will process both foam and rigid polystyrene, and the companies say the move comes in response to the resin’s growing market opportunities.
After months of debate over whether or not to ban expanded polystyrene food service containers in the Big Apple – and nearly a million dollars spent fighting the proposed prohibition – the New York City Council passed a kind of compromise bill. There will be a delayed EPS ban, but only after industry is given a year to figure out how to collect and recycle the material effectively.
After months of lobbying against a potential ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam in New York City, EPS manufacturer Dart Container has offered the city a deal: Include foam in the city’s curbside pick-up program and the company will buy it — and recycle it — on its own.