SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For the sixth consecutive year, Dart Container is bringing foam recycling (often mistakenly referred to as “Styrofoam”, a registered trademark of Dow Chemical), education, and volunteer efforts to the Great American River Clean Up. Last year, over 2,000 volunteers removed more than 17,600lbs pounds of trash and debris in just three hours.
On Saturday, September 21, employees from Dart’s Lodi manufacturing facility will join thousands of other volunteers as they pick up trash and debris from the American River Parkway, enhancing a 23-mile stretch of the river. In addition to its support of the Clean Up, Dart is hosting a one-day foam collection where residents can recycle their used foam and help divert waste from local landfills. This year’s drop-off will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the William Pond Recreation Area (where Arden Way enters the Parkway). During this time, Dart will collect all clean foam for processing, which can include cups, plates, and protective packaging foam which is often used to protect electronics items like televisions and computers.
“The American River Clean Up event continues to make an impact on the Sacramento community, and we’re pleased to have the continuing support of Dart be part of that effort,” said Meghan Kane, Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator of American River Parkway Foundation. “It is important that people take responsibility for their waste and understand that items like foam can have a second life after their initial use.”
Dart employees participating in the Great Clean Up will pick-up litter and demonstrate how foam products can be recycled. Foam stamped with the chasing arrows triangle with the number six in the middle is a thermoform plastic and can be recycled repeatedly. Popular products made with this material include picture frames, crown molding, and agricultural containers.
“We’re honored to partner with the American River Parkway Foundation for a sixth year. This is a great collaborative effort to help the community clean up one of Sacramento’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, and educate residents about the value of recycling foam,” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart Container.
From Highway 50, take the Watt Ave. north exit. Turn right onto Fair Oaks Blvd. Take Fair Oaks Blvd. to the intersection with Arden Way, turn right. Arden Way enters the Parkway.
Established in 1937, Dart Container Corporation sets the industry standard of excellence by providing high quality, recyclable, affordable and safe foodservice products and packaging, exceptionally reliable service and responsible environmental practices. Dart is making a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns. Dart is headquartered in Mason, Mich. For more information, visit www.dart.biz.
The American River Parkway Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not for profit agency, which each year coordinates the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who contribute thousands of work hours to maintaining and improving the Parkway. Volunteers work to restore the native habitat and vegetation, improve public safety, reduce the threat of fires and increase the public’s stewardship of the Parkway. For more information, visit www.arpf.org/garcu.shtml or call (916) 486-2773.
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