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Publication Date: July 2018

Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), which is popularly but incorrectly referred to as Styrofoam, is a lightweight plastic material comprised mostly of air. EPS products are one of the cheapest and most efficient means of maintaining the temperature of hot or cold food and beverage products. However, historical barriers to recycling EPS material has led to single-use container EPS bans in more than 125 states and municipalities just as new means of recycling begin to take hold.

To learn more about the EPS issue and advancements in recycling, read our primer on Expanded Polystyrene Foam.