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Explore the economic impact of foam.

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs and saves millions of dollars every year.

A Boston foam ban would mean a serious impact on small business owners and organizations that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

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.
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
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

  • 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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  • January 28, 2015

    Massachusetts City Rejects Foam Ban Even Before Voting Begins

    The Northampton, Massachusetts, City Council voted on a plastic bag ban for the city on Thursday, January 15, 2015. This proposal was first put forward

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  • September 23, 2014

    Arlington, MA Public Works Pushes Recycling and ReFoamIt® Program

    County officials in Arlington, Massachusetts, are urging their residents to recycle more often and apply the principle to a wide variety of products, including polystyrene

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  • April 22, 2014

    Small Businesses Feel Economic Strain of Foam Ban

    When city officials in the small town of Brookline, Massachusetts, which is near Boston, voted to implement a ban on polystyrene foam products in December

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