Dart Container Corporation will recycle thousands of donated foam #6 cups at the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America’s peninsula-wide Scout Jamboree this weekend at the new Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover, Delaware
Dover, DE (April 6, 2012) – Through a partnership between Dart Container Corp. and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is reducing its environmental impact by recycling thousands of polystyrene foam cups - also known as foam #6 - that will be used at a peninsula-wide Scout Jamboree this weekend at the new Akridge Scout Reservation. Commonly referred to as “Styrofoam”, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, foam #6 is recyclable and is used in a wide range of products, from foam cups and foodservice containers, to the large molded blocks used to package electronics.
The Camp is located at 1500 New Burton Road in Dover. A formal ribbon cutting with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce will happen at noon. This is an exciting time for the Boy Scouts of America and for Delaware as The First State was the only state that did not have a Boy Scout camp – now they do. This will be the new Cub Scout camp property for the peninsula and will also become the new home of the Scout Service Center.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority currently partners with Dart Container Corporation (Dart), a leading manufacturer of foam #6 foodservice products, to collect foam #6 products at the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) in New Castle, DE and at the Milford, DE transfer station. The Del-Ma-Va Council will utilize the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s existing foam #6 recycling program to recycle these cups with Dart.
Dart, the event’s sole provider of recyclable foam #6 cups, will provide 8,000 donated cups. “Dart is proud to introduce foam cup recycling to these scouts,” said Ray Ehrlich, regional manager of government affairs and the environment at Dart Container. “We hope this raises awareness and increases the likeliness that they will look for more recycling opportunities when they return home.”
Captured foam #6 cups will be taken to Dart’s facility in Leola, PA, where foam #6 products are accepted for recycling at no cost to the public. This process diverts foam from area landfills and makes it possible for cups to be recycled by grinding them up, converting them to plastic resin pellets, and selling them for reuse as an ingredient in non-food service products, including picture frames and decorative molding.
“We’re committed to hosting greener events, reducing waste, recycling, and reusing whenever possible. We’re proud to showcase our recycling efforts to scouts and their families. ” said Jason Pierce, Scout Executive/CEO of the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Dart is driving recycling efforts from its manufacturing facilities to workplaces, warehouse recycling centers and consumers’ homes in curbside recycling efforts across the country. Often improperly called “Styrofoam,” a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, Dart’s products are recyclable. Foam products generally consume less energy and generate less waste in their production than equivalent paper alternatives, are stable and safe in landfills and burn cleanly in modern municipal energy-from-waste facilities.
Information on the new camp and the Jamboree can be found online at www.dmvc.org. For more information contact the Boy Scouts at 302-622-3300.
About Dart Container Corporation
Established in 1937, Dart Container Corporation sets the industry standard of excellence by providing high quality, recyclable, affordable and safe foodservice products, exceptionally reliable service and responsible environmental practices. Dart ismaking a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and is headquartered in Mason, MI For more information, visit www.dart.biz or call (800) 248-5960.