Recycling Case Studies: Government


  • Foam Recycling Coalition Awards Grant to Redding, CA

    November 1, 2016

    Residents and businesses in Redding, California will soon have the opportunity to recycle foam polystyrene, thanks to a $49,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.

    In early 2017, the city plans to accept foam polystyrene protective packaging and foodservice packaging including meat trays, cups, egg cartons and clean take-out food containers at its recycling drop-off area. The city’s material recycling facility will phase in collection of these items.

  • Pilot Foam Recycling Program Hits Madison County in New York

    Madison County in the state of New York, has just begun a pilot foam recycling program that will run from December 29, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Individuals who wish to recycle their foam can bring the material in clear plastic bags to the landfill on Buyea Road, across from the ReUse store. All tape and other labels must be removed. From there, the Department of Solid Waste will collect the foam and bring to an appropriate foam buyer to densify the foam.

  • The Ruling is in: New York State Supreme Court Overturns City’s Ban on Foam

    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 and Beaconsfield make strides in recycling with collection

    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.

  • Foam Recycling Coalition Gives Grant to Nova Scotia Community

    Recycling polystyrene cups, plates, packaging materials, egg cartons and meat trays will become much easier in Colchester County in Nova Scotia thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.

    Colchester is the second community to receive a grant from the FRC and the Foodservice Packaging Institute. They plan to use the grant to upgrade their facilities and purchase new polystyrene recycling equipment to compress and ship polystyrene.