Styrofoam fights come and go. NYC was stopped from enacting its styrofoam ban by good legal maneuvering by DART Corporation and by DART’s ridiculous claims that styrofoam food containers are easy to recycle.
The reality is that anything can probably be recycled from a pure chemistry standpoint. The point is, can it be sustainably recycled?
In this case, the answer is no. Styrofoam is essentially air and polystyrene. When recyclers move materials they need to move large loads by weight over the shortest distance possible with the material having the greatest value possible.
Styrofoam food packaging fails on almost all fronts. It does have a potential value, but shipping it to the midwest is not the solution.
It is also a significant contaminant as you can see in the photos posted. These photos are at a paper mill that makes new paper from old cardboard boxes. All that white junk is styrofoam packaging. Not really useful.
Styrofoam food packaging is a product whose time has come and gone. It is not sustainable, it is harmful from an environmental standpoint and it wastes resources.
Any claims to the contrary are greenwashing.
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N.J. schools make efforts to ban Styrofoam food containers