As many of you know from reading our blog posts, FPI is very interested in working proactively to encourage the recovery of foodservice packaging after it has been used. Those of us at FPI routinely speak about the importance of finding the highest and best use for used foodservice packaging and capitalizing on the valuable resources packaging can provide. FPI’s Foam Recycling Coalition works specifically to support the recycling of post-consumer foam polystyrene packaging. As a reminder, foam polystyrene foodservice packaging includes items like cups, take-out containers and dinnerware; meat trays; and egg cartons.
When the coalition formed as a special interest group under FPI, a multi-year grant program to assist material recovery facilities (MRFs) in recycling post-consumer foam polystyrene was determined to be the best path forward. After three years and almost a dozen grants, totaling more than $400,000, the FRC’s foam recycling grant program has brought foam recycling to communities across the continent – enabling more than a million people in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to recycle their foam polystyrene packaging.
The FRC is ready to add more and has a revamped website dedicated to foam polystyrene recycling to help aid in the mission! RecycleFoam.org
provides information, guidance and resources to increase the collection and processing of foam polystyrene for recycling. Visitors to the site can learn about foam recycling basics, the availability of programs offering foam recycling, the end markets using recycled foam and foam recycling equipment. This is also the website to learn more about the FRC grant program.
Speaking of, the 2018 grant cycle is here! Applicants can go right to RecycleFoam.org
to submit an application and supporting documentation between June 1 and July 31, 2018. Both private and public businesses may apply for the grants, each valued up to $50,000.
The grants are selected based on several variables including number of households served, level of funding available and capacity to add new materials. The coalition will review the applications received and grant recipients will be notified in September.
We are fortunate within the FRC to have many partners from across the polystyrene marketplace. Of course, our doors are always open to more! If you are a part of the foam packaging industry and, like these companies
, want to become a coalition member, Lynn and I
would be happy to hear from you too.
Stay tuned to hear more about our future grant recipients this fall and don’t forget to go check out RecycleFoam.org
to learn more about foam polystyrene recycling!