Foam recycling is the best destination for restaurant food trays and cups

The Integrated Waste Management Authority of San Luis Obispo initially approved a ban on the use of foam in restaurants in 2019, but it has not been implemented since the COVID-19. Recently, the law has resurfaced in public sight. Next month, IWMA's board will make a final decision to determine whether the materials can remain in the catering.

Passing this ban or doing foam recycling?

In fact, the purpose of IWMA issuing this ban is to prevent abandoned foam from appearing in the streets and pollute the environment. Besides forbidding it, foam recycling is also a good method to put an end to this situation. In that case, which of the two is more suitable for the present situation?

Marios Pouyioukkas, the owner of a restaurant in San Luis Obispo, said that if the foam material is not available, the best substitute material is paper, whose cost is about three times that of the foam food trays and cups. It is the low-price foam material that helps restaurant owners survive this difficult period of COVID-19. Assuming that the ban is issued, it is doubtless a worry for these operators. Therefore, for restaurant operators, what they support is to implement foam recycling.

While restaurant operators support foam recycling, the government departments may still worried that waste foam will be scattered everywhere. Actually, as long as the relevant laws and regulations are issued to stipulate that restaurants must do this, there will be no pollution. And the restaurant owners will also cooperate with this clause, which is beneficial to them.

Just equipped with a foam densifier, the waste foam food trays and cups could immediately become foam ingots that can be sold to make a profit. For small operators who do not have the money to buy a foam densifier, it is perfectly possible to lease the right of use with other restaurants. This is not a problem at all.

All in all, foam recycling will always be the best destination for foam food trays and cups unless there could exist more environmentally friendly and cheaper food materials in the future.