If you have ever gotten take-out or enjoyed a hot cup of coffee on the go, chances are you’ve used polystyrene foam, or foam #6. Now, an online resource is helping communities expand foam recycling programs–providing a cost-effective and environmentally responsible waste solution for business owners and consumers.
Home for Foam helps people find foam recycling centers and offers resources for cities, businesses and schools to start foam recycling programs. Resources include information about collection, how to set up drop-off locations and what to expect from recycling transportation, labor and more.
Because education is essential to the success of any recycling program, Home for Foam also provides case studies, sample social media posts and other collateral to inform residents and decision-makers about the importance and ease of foam recycling. In fact, many cities can work foam recycling into existing infrastructures, allowing residents to place foam in the same curbside containers as other recyclables.
Foam recycling brings many benefits, including a reduced dependency on virgin resources (including petroleum), reduced trash collection costs and added jobs and tax revenues to local economies. While foam accounts for less than one percent of waste, recycling also reduces the amount of solid waste destined for landfills. Recycled foam is commonly used in household products like picture frames and crown molding.
The awareness surrounding foam recycling is paying off. More than 71 million pounds of foam #6 were recycled in 2010, according to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers. Home for Foam aims to grow this number by building a network of recycling partners, creating more market availability.
To see how communities across the globe are putting recycled foam to work, visit the Home for Foam blog, Recycling in Action.