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

Education
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
Foam can be recycled and used in the manufacturing of new consumer goods, such as picture frames, crown molding and plant containers.
Foodservice
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.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • June 28, 2017

    Innovative Company Helps NJ County Recycle Foam

    Since October 2016, one New Jersey county has processed more than 4,000 pounds of polystyrene foam for recycling. Sussex County, in an effort to save

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  • June 26, 2017

    Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know

    As some states, cities, and communities debate expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Foam opponents often argue that foam is

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  • 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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