Iíve blogged before about FPIís special interest group,
the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC). You may remember from past
posts that the goal of the FRC is to support the recycling of post-consumer
foam polystyrene packaging such as cups, containers and dinnerware; processor
trays; egg cartons; and transport packaging. The primary
way in which the FRC is doing this is through their grant program, which seeks to provide
foam recycling equipment and technical assistance to grant recipients.
During the first year of the grant program in 2015, we
had two grant recipients, Alpine Waste and
Recycling in Commerce City CO and Colchester County
in Nova Scotia, Canada. Both are currently
hard at work recycling foam polystyrene packaging! To read a little more about how itís going,
check out this case study on
For 2016, the FRC used learnings from the first year of
the program to tweak the grant application.
It gave those seeking funds more direction in their application
process. Back in the spring, the FRC received
some really great applications from all over the country. As a
result, the FRC has already awarded two grants this year: Athens-Clarke
County in Georgia was announced in August and most recently, McLeod County
in Minnesota was officially announced in September of 2016. And, it gets better! As of now, the FRC expects to have two more
grant recipients to announce in the last quarter of 2016, doubling the number
of grant recipients from 2015 to 2016!
The FRC will continue to march forward in 2017, noting
another, more significant change to its grant program. As of April 2016, grants will be awarded on
an ongoing basis. It takes some hard
work and dedication to fill out grant applications and the FRC membership wants
to award qualified recipients looking to offer residential recycling of foam
polystyrene as often as it can. Speaking
of, is this you? Are you wanting to
apply for an FRC grant? If so, take a
look at the eligibility criteria and download the application here!
In looking at this post, I realize Iíve used more than a
few exclamation points. I hope this
conveys across the screen my excitement at the positive momentum I feel around
foam polystyrene recycling. We at FPI
are very fortunate to have the opportunity to foster and promote such a
positive program. If you are a part of
the foam polystyrene value chain and want to join these companies and become a member
of the FRC, please donít hesitate to drop me a line.
Of course, if youíre just following along with us, weíre
glad youíre here too. The more folks we
can share the good story of foam polystyrene recycling with, the better. Stay tuned for more coming soon!