FRAMINGHAM – I am a former Framingham resident who owned a Styrofoam®/Polystyrene recycling company for many years. I have a few comments about banning this product.
Polystyrene is a recyclable product, but at this time, the cost to operate a recycling facility is not cost effective so there are very few places (if any) that have foam recycling programs for single use foam containers.
Before a decision is made to ban individual foam products, I hope the City will address the following questions.
- What alternatives are available to replace single use foam?
- Are the products easily obtainable for small businesses and the consumer?
- Are they more costly to purchase and to create?
- Do the alternatives use more resources to create?
- Can the alternatives be easily recycled?
- Just because an item has a recycle symbol, it doesn’t guarantee that there are established ways or programs to
- Are there available resources to recycle city collected alternative items?
- If so, what are the costs to implement and maintain an effective recycling or biodegradable program?
- If not, does it make sense to require alternatives that could be costlier to create and use and, in some cases, work less effectively than single use foam?
- Will the consumer be required to incur additional costs to recycle the alternatives?
- If the alternatives are not recycled will trashing them have the same impact as single use foam?
- Will using alternatives reduce the litter from the single use foam products?
I am sure that there are other things to consider, but I hope the City will consider all of the consequences before deciding whether to ban individual use Styrofoam products or not.
Framingham Native/Milford Resident