Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling Expands Facility to Accept Foam for Recycling

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Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling (WCR), a non-profit environmental organization has received a grant from the Foodservice Packaging Institute's Foam Recycling Coalition to add a foam densifier.

This grant allows WCR to purchase and install a high capacity densifier unit to better manage its drop-off foam collection at its new facility, allowing WCR to collect all types of foam marked #6.

This grant allows WCR to purchase and install a high capacity densifier unit to better manage its drop-off foam collection at its new facility, allowing WCR to collect all types of foam marked #6.

WCR sets a great example of how an organization can expand its current facility and operations, and educate residents as foam polystyrene recycling continues to increase across North America.

Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling (WCR), a non-profit environmental organization located in southwestern Pennsylvania, has received a $46,500 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) to add a foam densifier to its current drop-off facility that recovers hard-to-recycle materials.

With an over 30-year history, WCR oversees recycling activity in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, which has 67 municipalities and over 151,000 households or 365,000 residents. WCR first opened its drop-off facility in 2014 to manage hard-to-recycle materials not collected at the curb. Materials accepted include items such as electronics, tires, scrap metal, appliances, fluorescent bulbs/fixtures, used motor oil, lead acid batteries, glass containers and, soon, foam polystyrene (#6).

The FRC funding allows WCR to purchase and install a high capacity densifier unit to better manage its drop-off foam collection at its new and much larger facility, which opened in May of 2020. The densifier will allow WCR to collect any and all types of foam marked #6. This includes foodservice packaging (e.g., cups, plates, bowls, clamshells and cafeteria trays), other foam food packaging (e.g., egg cartons and meat trays) and block protective packaging foam commonly found with electronics or furniture.

With WCR as the popular establishment in the county for recycling, the announcement of an expanded recycling facility is exciting news for residents.

“We are focused on recovering more material. Adding the new services for foam recycling is highly anticipated within the county,” says Ellen Keefe, executive director of Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling.

“Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling is providing the necessary services to recycle clean and empty foam packaging that is generated by residents,” says Natha Dempsey, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, which oversees the FRC. “WCR sets a great example of how an organization can expand its current facility and operations, and educate residents as foam polystyrene recycling continues to increase across North America.”

The grant is made possible through contributions to FRC, which focuses exclusively on increased recycling of post-consumer foam polystyrene. Its members include Americas Styrenics; Cascades Canada ULC; CKF Inc.; Chick-fil-A; Dart Container Corp.; Dyne-A-Pak; Genpak; Hawaii’s Finest Products; INEOS Styrolution America LLC; NOVA Chemicals Corp.; Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging; Republic Plastics; and TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA.
Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling is the 14th grant recipient to receive FRC funding since 2015. Over 4 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam as a result of FRC grants. Visit http://www.RecycleFoam.org to learn about foam recycling, read about previous recipients, or apply for a grant.

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 http://www.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 http://www.RecycleFoam.org.

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