Foam Recycling Coalition launches grant program

Grants seek to improve recycling opportunities for polystyrene foam.

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January 19, 2015
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I Plastics

The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC), Falls Church, Virginia, has launched a grant program to help develop the infrastructure for collecting, processing and marketing of polystyrene (PS) foam products.

The grant program targets the following postconsumer PS foam products:

  • food service packaging (i.e., cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, cafeteria trays);
  • egg cartons;
  • meat trays; and
  • protective packaging (used when shipping electronics and other fragile items).
     

The coalition, part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), is seeking applicants involved in managing residential curbside recycling programs, drop-off recycling centers and commercial recycling programs. Material recovery facilities also can apply for funding, especially those looking to add to or strengthen an existing PS foam program.

Grants, available to public and private sectors, will range from an estimated $15,000 to $50,000 per recipient.

Lynn Dyer, president of  FPI, says, “Dozens of cities in the U.S. and Canada already recycle foam, keeping it out of landfill. 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.”

The FPI says grant amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon equipment needs. No cash match is required, but additional costs may be incurred by the grantee for related items such as site preparation, provision of conveying system, electrical infrastructure, freight and other installation costs.

Grant recipients also will be expected to communicate the addition of polystyrene foam to their recycling program, both directly to households and in their regular communication materials. Grantees also will commit to collecting, processing and marketing polystyrene foam for a minimum of three years—and report on the volumes to the coalition.

The application deadline is March 16, 2015, and winners will be announced April 30. Applications are available at www.fpi.org/recyclefoam.