Let’s keep the conversation going with our state and local lawmakers about the functional value and recyclability of EPS.
Misguided, but well-intended regulations, should be a concern for all citizens. This is true for any industry. However, recently, some states and municipalities have banned food service EPS for carry-out containers. The reason? Influencers who feel EPS containers are a threat to our environment’s wellbeing.
Today, we hope to educate the public and encourage an understanding of EPS based on facts.
While we understand those who are immediate connected to the industry may be well versed in the benefits of EPS; the general public, even lawmakers, may not be as intune. As always, we encourage our loyal followers to get self-informed on the topics that affect their everyday lives. The Expanded Polystyrene Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) helps us keep the conversation going with a compilation of facts.
EPS is 100% recyclable. EPS is 98% air and the amount of styrene is extremely small. In fact, did you know? Naturally occurring styrene in coffee, strawberries or cinnamon is greater than the amount of styrene in EPS.
Some municipalities have restrictions on the use of EPS as food service carryout containers. Lawmakers intention for the EPS container ban was to reduce landfill waste and protect the environment. The non-profit Independent Institute has found there are surprises that come with banning EPS. The expected reduction in landfill waste is not realized and the increased cost has a greater impact on the small food service vendors, especially minority-owned businesses.
We have to admit, littering still plays a role in the safety of our wildlife and environment. Perhaps it is time we take a step back and consider our habits as a society. Are EPS containers REALLY the problem? Or…do you dare to argue that unformed, influential members of society are seeking an ‘easy’ target?
Plymouth Foam encourages conversations about how EPS is used and recycled. Let’s keep the conversation going.