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Foam is a versatile product used in disposable food-grade foodservice supplies and protective packaging material.
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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. The is one recycling center located in downtown Chicago at 7575 Kostner Avenue and four centers in nearby towns – Highland Park, Winnetka, Channahon, and North Aurora.

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.

Foam products are lightweight, strong, heat-resistant, insulated, moisture-resistant, and affordable.
Polystyrene foam products serve as a vital part of our economy, offering thousands of jobs and business solutions in healthcare, education, and foodservice industries. Polystyrene food containers save schools, businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year.

Did you know? Polystyrene foam can be used to construct public buildings! This architectural innovation saves materials and time. Read more.

With more than 2.7 million people living in the city, Chicago requires strong economic solutions in order to serve its residents. Americans across the country have faced a challenging economic landscape in the 21st century, and many hardworking Chicago residents still struggle to make ends meet. In times of economic uncertainty, every dollar saved counts.

Foam is the industry leader in both effectiveness and cost. The continued use of foam products in Chicago creates jobs, saves money, and benefits the city’s overall economy. Furthermore, foam food containers save businesses, government agencies, and consumers millions of dollars every year.

Foam is engineered for performance. Foam containers keep hot food and drinks hot, don’t burn your hands, and don’t require corrugated sleeves. They also keep cold drinks cold, minimize condensation, keep carbonated drinks carbonated longer, and are less expensive than popular alternatives.

Foam saves money in education systems A typical polystyrene tray costs 4 times less than an alternative tray, which allows schools to invest more money in students. [i]slide4-About
Foam products are valued in healthcare: Foam is more hygienic than alternative materials, which makes it the preferred choice for hospitals that treat vulnerable patients.slide2-About
Foam has the best temperature retention, the least heat transfer to hands, and requires the least amount of raw material in its manufacturing process.
[i] Kelly Puente, Recyclable Foam Trays a Cure for Long Beach Schools’ Headache, PRESS-TELEGRAM, May 19, 2011, available at http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_18100171?source=rv.