Explore the economic impact of foam.

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

An Oregon foam ban would seriously impact the state’s small businesses and organizations, forcing them to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.


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

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 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 27, 2017

    Cape Elizabeth considers banning polystyrene foam

    The town council of Cape Elizabeth recently proposed banning polystyrene foam containers in the town. However, a measure so drastic could have unintended negative consequences,

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  • January 5, 2017

    Tilamook County declares January 7 E-Waste and Styrofoam Collection Day

    At their most recent meeting, Tilamook County Commissioners unanimously decided that January 7 would mark E-Waste and Styrofoam Collection Day. County residents can bring foam

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  • May 19, 2015

    Oregon Schools to Consider Foam Recycling Programs

    The advantages of community recycling programs are generally well-known to most individuals: they provide an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills,

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  • April 1, 2015

    Foam Industry Aims to Debunk Foam Misconceptions in Oregon

    The average American comes in contact with polystyrene foam containers nearly every day in the form of food take-out containers and lunch trays, but there

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