It surprises many consumers to learn that polystyrene foam can be recycled. A number of states, such as California and Michigan, have implemented foam recycling for their residents. Thanks to recycling centers in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina, the region is beginning to see the positive impact of foam recycling.
Foam recycling reduces solid waste, decreases our dependency on virgin resources, prevents pollution, saves energy, protects the Earth’s atmosphere, and models sustainability for future generations.
When polystyrene foam material is recycled, it can be used to make items such as garden nursery trays, picture frames, rulers, surfboards, and architectural molding. Foam is also far less taxing on the environment than popular alternatives that generate 181% more solid waste by weight than foam cups.
Americans have faced a challenging economic landscape in the 21st century. Hardworking Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and the rest of the South East region still struggle to make ends meet. In times of economic uncertainty, every dollar saved counts. The continued use of foam throughout the area creates jobs, saves money, and benefits the region’s overall economy.
Foam is significantly more affordable than alternative materials, making it the industry leader in both effectiveness and economy. Foam products serve as a vital part of the South’s economy, offering much-needed business solutions in healthcare, education, and foodservice industries. Foam food containers save schools, businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year.
Foam is engineered for performance. Foam containers keep hot food and drinks hot. They don’t burn your hands and don’t require corrugated sleeves. They also keep cold drinks cold – a plus during sweltering Southern summers – minimize condensation, keep carbonated drinks carbonated longer, and are less expensive than popular alternatives.