There has been an ongoing, heated debate over whether Styrofoam can be fully recycled. More than 100 municipalities say it can’t be, while The Restaurant Action Alliance, Dart Container Corp., and many other municipalities say it can.
At the least, there is very limited infrastructure to process this material. FRC is trying to change that.
In October and November 2014, Environmental Resources Planning, LLC conducted a comprehensive litter survey of the Anacostia Watershed, which encompassed certain portions of the District of Columbia (DC) as well as Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. The purpose of this survey was to gauge the amount and composition of litter along roadways and in non-roadway sites in and/or adjacent to waterways identified by Anacostia Watershed Society as indicator streams.
Recently, the University of California, Davis, partnered with Dart Container Corporation for a foam packaging recycling drive. Often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, a trademark of Dow, the material is widely used to package many items that students bring to school including televisions and other electronics. The effort resulted in half a truckload being collected. The event was the school’s sixth annual recycling drive and took place as freshmen students moved in for the school year.
The New York State Supreme Court today overturned Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s decision to ban foam foodservice items, clearing the way for the City to embrace a recycling program that would cover 100 percent of polystyrene products and generate new revenue for the City.
For the eighth consecutive year, Dart Container is bringing foam (often mistakenly referred to as “Styrofoam,” a registered trademark of Dow Chemical) recycling, education and volunteer efforts to the Great American River Clean Up. Last year, over 1,500 volunteers removed more than 21,000 pounds of trash and debris.