Explore foam’s economic impact.
The foam industry provides thousands of jobs throughout the country and saves consumers millions of dollars every year.
Businesses and government facilities across the Mid-Atlantic region – New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC – rely on foam. Alternative products don’t insulate nearly as well, they cost more, and in many cases, they generate more waste, while increasing air and water emissions over their life cycles.
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.
Foam can be recycled and used in the manufacturing of new consumer goods, such as picture frames, crown molding and plant containers.
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.
January 30, 2017
Maryland Discussing Statewide Polystyrene Foam Ban
On January 31, Maryland lawmakers will discuss Senate Bill 186 (SB 186), which proposes banning polystyrene food service packaging statewide. The Maryland House version (HB
December 16, 2016
Polystyrene Foam Recycling Center Opens in Hampstead
Thanks to Dart Container Corporation, Hampstead, MD, residents will have a place to drop off their polystyrene foam products for recycling this holiday season. Located
December 17, 2015
Johns Hopkins Hosts Foam Recycling Drive
Johns Hopkins University has decided to make a major impact on the campus community and environment by creating a campus-wide foam recycling drive. In partnership
December 7, 2015
Foam Industry Promotes Foam Recycling in Mid-Atlantic
The foam industry is changing perceptions about which materials can actually be recycled. Polystyrene foam products, such as egg cartons, coffee cups, and to-go containers,
October 22, 2014
Montgomery County Considering Unnecessary Burden for Small Businesses
The Montgomery County, Maryland Councilmembers may soon find themselves voting on an unnecessary bill that that could mean new economic hardships for the small businesses