Denver knows how to recycle foam foodservice packaging. Maybe it can teach NYC?


Earlier this week, PlasticsToday ran an article about a lawsuit filed by a broad coalition of recyclers, foam foodservice manufacturers, restaurant owners and the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC against New York City's illegal ban of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) foodservice products.

While New York City haggles over the EPS foam recycling issue, many residents and commercial companies in the Denver Metro area soon will be able to add PS foam foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays and protective EPS packaging to their recycling bins, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, a program of the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

Alpine Waste & Recycling of Commerce City, CO, is the first recipient of a North American funding program designed to increase the collection, processing and marketing of postconsumer polystyrene foam. Alpine will use the grant money to purchase equipment that compacts (densifies) PS foam into bricks, making Alpine the first company in Denver to provide foam recycling services.

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