The nation has clearly become divided when it comes to the issue of banning foam or not, as various cities around the country have started to ban polystyrene products, while other cities have instead decided to pursue recycling the material. There is a potential Arkansas foam ban floating around there in addition to a number of other states and cities.
The problem with polystyrene products is the fact that they last nearly five hundred years in landfills and they have started to accumulate in massive piles. The fact of the matter is there is a huge volume of this type of foam out there and too few areas are taking active measures to recycle the products. However, this has started to change in a variety of areas, which believe that they can recycle the foam, rather than simply banning the material altogether.
Many people want to ban foam, but the reality is it is not going to fix the problem. There are already huge landfills that have accumulated the materials and they are not going anywhere. However, if we developed ways to recycle these types of materials, we could then recycle the material that is occupying the landfills, which will be good for the environment and set us towards a better path.
Banning foam has a big impact on the community and businesses in general, due to the fact that a great deal of companies use these types of products. Every time you grab a cup of coffee or get a “to-go” box at a restaurant, you are eating out of a polystyrene based product.
The reason that this type of material is so desirable for businesses is due to the fact that it is incredibly cheap. Polystyrene is basically a material that is blown up to fill various molds that end up making all sorts of different products and you can truly get a massive amount of products for very cheap. This means that businesses save a lot of money going with polystyrene products, rather than some other material that is going to inevitably cost more money.
Some cities have made the bold move to focus a great deal of energy on developing recycling centers for polystyrene products and they are likely the pioneers that are going to inspire a lot of other cities to do the same thing. The state of Arkansas has been working hard to develop a foam recycling plan, but it has yet to take off with the majority of the population.
One of the most troubling things about the banning of foam is the fact that businesses are going to get slapped with much higher costs, which is inevitably going to trickle down to the customers, as they are going to have to pay higher prices as well. Arkansas has been doing many tests to recycle polystyrene products and have been working on plans to get the public excited about the process and so far they have been on the right path, but more work needs to still be done.