Facts About the Environment and Foam Foodservice Products

Foam foodservice products do not “clog” landfills. Polystyrene foam foodservice products constitute less than 1%, by both weight and volume, of landfill waste.

Source: Municipal Solid Waste in the United States 2008 Facts and Figures, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, November 2009


An average-weight foam cup requires 32% less energy to produce than a comparable paper hot drink cup with cardboard sleeve.

Source: Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products. (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006) Table 2-2, p. 2-7


An average-weight paper hot cup generates about 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.

Source: Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products. (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006) Table 2-10, p. 2-23


An average-weight paper hot cup with a cardboard sleeve requires about 47% more energy to produce than a comparable foam cup.

Source: Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products. (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006) Table 2-3, p. 2-8


An average-weight paper hot cup with a cardboard sleeve generates 379% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.

Source: Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products. (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006) Table 2-10, p. 2-23


An average-weight paper cold cup generates 148% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.

Source: Franklin Associates, Ltd. Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products. (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006) Table 2-11, p. 2-24

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