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Foam Bans Don’t Work. Choose Recycling Instead.

Posted on 23 October 2015

Things have not been financially sound for the United States over the last six or seven years, as economic times have gotten very hard, meaning that companies need to do everything they can to get extra savings on their business operations. When these bans come to fruition in various cities, like a potential South Carolina foam ban, these business owners have no choice but to purchase more expensive products and then pass those increased costs onto the consumers, or either take a loss themselves, which most companies cannot afford to do.

Although the issue of polystyrene is a greatly debated subject right now, with tons of cities all over the United States making the decision to ban the products entirely, banning the products are not the solution to the problem. Polystyrene has come under a lot of fire over the last handful of years, as when the products that it makes are done with usage, they can last up to five hundred years in landfills and there simply has not been an effective strategy to recycle the material. However, there are absolutely ways that polystyrene can be recycled and the wisest decision by far would be to focus effort on creating large polystyrene recycling centers in major cities.

The reason as to why this would be so beneficial is the mere fact that this type of material is incredibly inexpensive, meaning that all sorts of businesses can use the material very cheaply. Polystyrene makes up all sorts of coffee cups, to go bags, and various other products that are typically used in the food and restaurant industry, although the amount of things that polystyrene can be used in is incredibly vast. The huge problem with banning these products is the fact that these companies will have to go to more expensive products, which can take a huge toll on a business.

When you look at it this way, it makes no sense for cities to put a ban on the products. It would be understandable if there were no possible ways to recycle the material, as they definitely have been occupying a lot of space in land fill and continuing to grow at a rapid pace, but this is not the case. There are plenty of cities and states that have decided that they are going to make a move towards large scale recycling of polystyrene in states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina and so far their efforts have appeared promising.

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