Grants, New Website Bolsters Recycling of Foam Polystyrene

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After three years of doling out more than $400,000, the Foam Recycling Coalition advances its foam recycling grant program with a revamped website dedicated to foam polystyrene recycling.

The Foam Recycling Coalition was formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute in 2014 to support increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from foam polystyrene.

The Foam Recycling Coalition was formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute in 2014 to support increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from foam polystyrene.

Whether you are with an organization that generates used foam polystyrene, a public sector recycling professional who provides recycling guidance to residents, or with an end market that processes the recycled foam, you will find invaluable information to strengthen your program.

After three years of doling out more than $400,000, the Foam Recycling Coalition advances its foam recycling grant program with a revamped website dedicated to foam polystyrene recycling.

RecycleFoam.org provides information, guidance and resources to increase the collection and processing of foam polystyrene packaging for recycling. Visitors can learn about foam recycling basics, the availability of programs offering foam recycling, the end markets using recycled foam, model bale specifications, foam recycling equipment, the FRC grant program and more.

“The updated website is designed to enable visitors to easily access educational and actionable information about foam recycling,” said Lynn Dyer, president of Foodservice Packaging Institute, which houses the coalition. “Whether you are with an organization that generates used foam polystyrene, a public sector recycling professional who provides recycling guidance to residents, or with an end market that processes the recycled foam, you will find invaluable information to strengthen your program.”

Since 2014, the FRC has provided almost a dozen grants to public and private recycling entities in the U.S. and Canada that manage residential curbside or drop-off recycling programs. The grants, each valued up to $50,000, assist in equipment upgrades that add or expand recycling of post-consumer foam polystyrene.

The 2018 foam recycling grant cycle opens June 1. Applicants may submit their applications and supporting documentation through July 31. The FRC grant award committee will review and rank the applications, notifying grant awards in September.

Selection of grantees is based on several variables including number of households served, level of funding available and capacity to add new materials. “Superior applications include well-defined end markets, project planning timelines, a multi-faceted outreach plan and thorough supporting documentation,” said Dyer.

FRC members select and finance the grants. Member companies include Americas Styrenics; Cascades Canada ULC; CKF Inc.; Chick-fil-A; Commodore; Dart Container Corp.; Dyne-A-Pak; Genpak; Hawaii’s Finest Products; INEOS Styrolution; NOVA Chemicals Corp.; Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging; Republic Plastics; and TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA.

Nearly 1 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam as a result of the foam recycling grant program. More information can be found here: RecycleFoam.org/Grants.

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ABOUT FPI: Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the trade association for the foodservice packaging industry in North America. FPI promotes the value and benefits of foodservice packaging and serves as the industry’s leading authority to educate and influence stakeholders. Members include raw material and machinery suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and purchasers of foodservice packaging. For more information or to follow us on social media, visit FPI.org.

ABOUT FRC: The Foam Recycling Coalition was formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute in 2014 to support increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from foam polystyrene. FRC shares general information on foam recycling, provides technical resources and offers funding assistance to programs ready to start or strengthen post-consumer foam recycling. Members include stakeholders from throughout the foodservice packaging value chain. Learn more at FPI.org/Recovery.

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