Last week, FPI announced that the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) had awarded its first grant to Alpine Waste & Recycling, allowing many residents and commercial companies in the Denver Metro area to soon recycle their polystyrene foam foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays and protective packaging.
Alpine, which is the largest independent, privately held waste and recycling company in Colorado, will use the $45,000 to purchase equipment that compacts (or densifies) polystyrene foam into bricks, making Alpine the first company in Denver to provide foam recycling services.
The FRC had a tough job – it received dozens of applications from organizations across the U.S. and Canada interested in recycling post-consumer polystyrene foam. Way more than anyone expected for the first call for applications! The FRC members whittled down the applications and decided Alpine was a great choice for their first award, given Alpine’s thoughtfulness, plans for the future and “culture of innovation.”
Of course, this grant program would not be possible without the financial support of these organizations: Americas Styrenics; Cascades Canada ULC; CKF Inc.; Chick-fil-A; Commodore; Convermex; D&W Fine Pack; Dart Container Corp.; Dolco Packaging, A Tekni-Plex Company; Dyne-A-Pak; Genpak; EPS Industry Alliance; Hawaii Foam Products; NOVA Chemicals Corp.; Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging; Shell Chemical LP; Styrolution America; and TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA. A big THANK YOU to all of them!
Finally, stay tuned… More grant recipients will be announced in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, check out www.fpi.org/recyclefoam to learn more about polystyrene foam recycling and the FRC’s efforts to support and promote foam recycling in residential curbside, drop-off and commercial programs.