Schools throughout the United States use roughly 5.76 billion foam food trays each school year. Polystyrene foam, which is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, is used to make these lunch trays. Instead of tossing used lunch trays into the trash, StyroSmart has developed a new solution to help schools recycle foam.
Recycling In Action
While outgoing NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration gathered enough votes to pass an amendment that would have banned local restaurants and businesses from using polystyrene foam products, a provision within the law put a stop to the ban altogether. New York City Council Members allowed a few organizations to develop a foam recycling program as an alternative to banning foam.
Based in California, Sustainable Surf is a non-profit charity working to raise awareness of the need for ocean protection among the surfing community.Through this organization, co-founders Michael Stewart and Kevin Whilden developed the Waste to Waves program in which they recycle polystyrene foam packaging into brand new, top-of-the-line surfboards.
In Kenya, a new building technology that uses recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) is being promoted to help preserve the surrounding forests by creating eco-friendly homes. The EPS technology provides homeowners with a less expensive alternative and it also creates a way for Kenya to continue building without harming its local ecosystems.
Last month, the Expanded Polystyrene Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) published its 2012 bi-annual recycling report, which indicated a steady rise in the rate of expanded polystyrene recycling. In creating the report, the EPS-IA collected data from both post-residential and post-commercial collection streams to more accurately survey EPS recycling trends.