On September 22nd, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan overturned the ban on EPS, calling it an “arbitrary and capricious” decision, due to the overwhelming evidence that EPS is indeed recyclable and there is a viable market for the recycled product.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan Photo Source:

What is still so baffling, and why? The evidence the judge read is the same information that was presented to Mayor de Blasio and to the city sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia. In fact, after the ruling, Mayor de Blasio’s spokeswoman was still talking trash about EPS. What is it that they do not understand? Is EPS recyclable? The answer is Y-E-S! In fact, the city is very lucky that Dart Container Corporation is still willing to fulfill their original generous offer to pay for start-up and implementing a complete EPS recycling program.

So all is good, right?! Yes and no…

Sadly, the reputation of EPS is now flawed. Although EPS products keep food and beverages warmer and are less expensive to use, some vendors are saying they will not go back to using it due to the misconceptions that have been presented to them. It is time to re-educate the public. I think Mayor de Blasio and Kathryn Garcia should have to openly apologize and admit that their trash talk about EPS was all garbage and not based on the facts. EPS is indeed recyclable and in fact it could end up in a park bench near you.

Visit Home for FoamEarth 911, or the EPS Industry Alliance for more recycling resources.


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This report was brought to you by Insulation Corporation of America (ICA) – a Women-Owned manufacturer of Geofoam and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), which is commonly but mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam™. ICA is located in Allentown, PA and services the entire Mid-Atlantic Region from Virginia to Maine to Ohio.