Days after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a citywide ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam containers and packing peanuts, the Foam Recycling Coalition has launched a new grant program to help fund infrastructure for the collection, processing and marketing of products made from polystyrene foam. The grant program targets foodservice packaging (cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, cafeteria trays) and protective packaging (used when shipping electronics and other fragile items).
The coalition, part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, is seeking applicants involved in managing residential curbside recycling programs, drop-off recycling centers and commercial recycling programs. Material recovery facilities also are expected to apply for funding, especially those looking to add or strengthen a polystyrene foam program. Grants, available to both public and private sectors, will range from an estimated $15,000 to $50,000 each.
“Dozens of cities in the U.S. and Canada already recycle foam, keeping it out of landfills,” states Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute. “With growing end-market demand for foam and improvements in foam equipment and handling, this new grant program serves as a catalyst to increased residential foam recycling.”