Rhode Island residents will no longer have to travel to Uxbridge, MA to recycle their foam products thanks to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s (RIRRC) recent partnership with Dart Container Corporation. The new program will now offer a foam drop-off location at RIRRC’s Johnston Facility at no cost to residents.
Recycling In Action
Due to the great demand for foam recycling, Alpine Waste & Recycling in Denver, Colorado have purchased a foam densifer. The new equipment will make a great addition to their single stream capabilities and makes them the first company in Colorado to recycle polystyrene foam products. Since adding this new feature, Alpine says it has more than doubled its ability to process single-stream recycled materials. They are now the highest-capacity recycling processor in a contiguous 10-state region.
During the month of October, many individuals around the world are taking action to improve recycling in their community.
On Tuesday, September, 22, 2015, the New York State Supreme Court overturned the citywide foam ban, striking down Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s decision in banning foam foodservice items. According to the ruling from Judge Margaret Chan, enough evidence clearly showed that expanded polystyrene (EPS) can be recycled in appropriate facilities and that there is a market for the product.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada is the latest community that is beginning to collect polystyrene foam for recycling. They are holding a foam collection event where residents in the city and surrounding communities can come and drop off their polystyrene products. The collection will be held on October 3, 2015 at the Public Works Yard, located on 50, Terra Cotta Ave., and will go from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.