GoFoam Mid-Atlantic

Did you know there are 14 foam recycling centers in the region?

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.
Small Business
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.

Latest News

  • April 13, 2017

    Virginia Tech Dining Services to Ban Foam Cups

    Even though the cost of alternatives is significantly higher, Dining Services at Virginia Tech is seeking to ban polystyrene foam cups at campus dining halls,

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  • March 8, 2017

    Why The Baltimore Ban is Bad

    The common misconception is that foam #6 is a harmful product for both consumers and the environment. However, most don’t know that foam is recyclable

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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