EPS Industry Alliance Marks Earth Month by Honoring Baltimore for Innovative Styrofoam Recycling Program

Baltimore, MD; April 25, 2013 – The EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA), a united organization of North American expanded polystyrene manufacturers, suppliers and recyclers, is honoring the City of Baltimore and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for the City’s innovative, community-based polystyrene recycling program. Baltimore is one of the few cities in the country committed to providing residents options for recycling Polystyrene No. 6, popularly known as Styrofoam.    

“Where other municipalities are backing down from the challenges of recycling, Baltimore is leading the way in innovative programs that engage residents rather than placing bans on the products they use,” said Betsy Steiner, Executive Director of EPS Industry Alliance.  “The City of Baltimore and Mayor Rawlings-Blake deserve to be recognized for their forward-thinking during Earth Month.”

In 2012, the City of Baltimore established a Polystyrene No. 6 drop-off point at the Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center on Sisson Street. The recycling program was aggressively promoted to residents through the Department of Public Works, local media and social media including Facebook and Twitter. With assistance from Clear Channel advertising, which donated numerous billboards around the City, polystyrene recycling increased by 51% from November to December 2012. For the full year, more than 2.5 tons of polystyrene were collected for a monthly average of 470 pounds. 

“Baltimore residents recycled more than 5,600 pounds of Styrofoam over the past year, which prevented countless polystyrene products from ending up on our streets, sidewalks or in our landfills,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “That is a testament to our dedication to the environment and a commitment to utilizing the programs that are available to make our city more beautiful. We are proud to accept this recognition and continue to find innovative ways to create opportunities for our citizens to contribute to a healthier planet.”

Baltimore City Councilman James B. Kraft, District 1, played an integral role in establishing the program.

“This effort is so important because it gives Baltimore residents a way to responsibly recover a material that so widely used,” said Councilman Jim Kraft. “Supporting a greener Baltimore is a priority for me. I am happy to be a part of this successful program and remain committed to finding new ways to support environmentally friendly initiatives.”  

For more than 20 years, Crofton-based EPS Industry Alliance has been committed to supporting, advancing and enhancing innovative and environmentally sound foam recycling programs. EPS-IA also plays an active role in the technical advancement and research of EPS recycling.

   

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