Plastic Pollution

Bans vs. Recycling Solutions

June 19, 2018

This paper was first published by the Independent Institute on May 14, 2018.

Project Summary

Plastic pollution is being increasingly targeted by politicians in an attempt to reduce the impact of American plastic consumption on the environment. Of particular interest to many municipalities is the issue of expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to as plastic foam or Styrofoam. To offset the environmental impacts of EPS, a number of municipalities have considered or implemented bans. This paper, published through the Independent Institute and authored by Brian Isom, Camille Harmer, Katie Colton, and William F. Shughart II, examines the impacts EPS bans can have on local economies.

Project Authors
William F. Shugart II
Brian Isom
Camille Harmer

CGO Graduate Research Fellow

Katie Colton

CGO Graduate Research Fellow