Did you know? You can recycle your foam!
Polystyrene food containers are 100% recyclable.

Oxford’s Traders & Associations Support the Use of Foam

Foam benefits Oxford’s economy and culture. Foam cup alternatives cost roughly 2.5 times more than foam. The affordability of foam foodservice products helps keep Oxford’s treasured mobile food units in business.

A foam ban hurts Oxford residents as well. If traders are forced to switch their chosen effective foam products for costly alternatives, these additional costs will be passed on to local consumers.


Foam Across Industries

Education
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
Foodservice
Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging in providing healthy food to their customers.
Small Business
Many restaurants that use foam are considered small businesses. From an economic perspective, foam is often the most cost effective choice for small business owners.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • September 13, 2016

    More voices join the chorus opposing a London polystyrene ban

    Last week, we posted a blog discussing a proposed foam ban spearheaded by a collection of chefs in London. In response to the proposed ban,

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  • August 26, 2016

    FPA Challenges Proposed London Foam Ban

    A collection of chefs in London are leading a campaign to ban expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) food packaging in the city. However, the Foodservice Packaging

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  • April 17, 2015

    Official Clarity that EPS Foam is not Banned in Oxford

    There has been a lot of fervour recently surrounding the Oxford City Council’s Street Trading Policy and whether or not it meant that expanded polystyrene

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  • February 4, 2015

    Oxford City Council Decides Against Banning EPS Foam

    The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) addressed the Oxford City Council Licensing Committee at a meeting in January to lobby for expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to

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  • November 24, 2014

    Trade Associations to Oxford City Council: Don’t Ban Foam, Recycle It!

    Foam manufacturers and trade associations in England are urging the Oxford City Council to promote foam recycling as an alternative to a proposed foam ban.

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