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Industry Attacks San Francisco’s Styrofoam Ban

Some industry groups expressed concern over San Francisco’s newly adopted Styrofoam ban, the most extensive in the US.

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Grants Available for Foam Polystyrene Recycling

Grant money is available to increase recycling of packaging made from foam polystyrene from the Foam Recycling Coalition. The FRC, part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, says it seeks applicants looking to start or strengthen a post-consumer foam polystyrene recycling program. Organizations involved in managing residential curbside recycling programs or … Read more »

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Dart Opens Free Foam Recycling Center

Dart Container Corporation is opening an expanded polystyrene foam recycling drop-off center in Dallas, Plastics News reports. Dart’s new facility is one of more than 85 such recycling drop-offs the company has built in the US. It’s located at 4444 West Ledbetter Drive, and is open to businesses, organizations and … Read more »

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NYC Foam Ban Dead, Recyclers Applaud Court’s Decision

The ban on foam foodservice products in New York City is likely dead, following a decision from a New York appeals court. On Dec. 3 the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division denied New York City’s motion to appeal an earlier decision overturning the city’s ban on expanded polystyrene … Read more »

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NYC Appeals Foam Ban Ruling

New York City has appealed a judge’s decision to overturn a ban on foam foodservice items, Plastics News reports. In her September ruling that overturned the polystyrene foam ban, Judge Margaret Chan said the “one undisputed short answer to whether EPS is recyclable is yes: single serve EPS is recyclable.” … Read more »

Dart Makes NYC a Recycling Offer It (Hopefully) Can’t Refuse

Dart Makes NYC a Recycling Offer It (Hopefully) Can’t Refuse

In its ongoing battle with New York City — to recycle or ban polystyrene foam — Dart Container Corporation president Jim Lammers argues his case to NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, urging the mayor to recycle, not landfill, the foam.

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Are Plastic-Eating Worms the Future of Waste Management?

Stanford University researchers may have found the solution to global plastic pollution: mealworms. The tiny worm can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene, according to two studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. … Read more »

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NYC Foam Ban Overturned, Judge Rules EPS Recyclable

The New York City ban on foam foodservice items has been overturned by the New York State Supreme Court. In her ruling that overturned the polystyrene foam ban, Judge Margaret Chan said the “one undisputed short answer to whether EPS is recyclable is yes: single serve EPS is recyclable.” Restaurants, … Read more »

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Despite Recycling Push from Restaurants, Manufacturers, NYC Bans Styrofoam

New York City has banned polystyrene foam foodservice containers despite pressure from restaurants and foam manufacturers, which urged the city to support recycling. Restaurant Action Alliance NYC, whose supporters include more than 1,000 New York City businesses, called the move “an economic and environmental defeat for small business owners and … Read more »

PRI Opens Foam Recycling Facility

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a recycling facility in Indianapolis, Ind. dedicated specifically to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country. This facility, slated to be fully operational by the end of the first … Read more »

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1,000 Restaurants Say No to Polystyrene Foam Ban

More than 1,000 New York City businesses have written letters urging the City Council to oppose the proposed ban on polystyrene foam food service products, according to Restaurant Action Alliance NYC. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for food establishments to give customers polystyrene foam containers starting July … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Bill, GAO High Risk List, Koch Penalty

Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced their fee-and-dividend climate bill. The fee-and-dividend idea puts a price on carbon at its source and rebates most of the money back to US residents. The concept is modeled on Alaska’s permanent fund that rebates oil royalties to state residents. Boxer, who … Read more »