CA Curbside Recycling
More than 65 cities have access!
- The following cities have included post-consumer foam polystyrene in their list of accepted items for residential curbside recycling:
Commerce (Partial), Covina, El Segundo, Encinitas, Escondido, Long Beach ,Los Angeles (includes the following communities: Arleta, Arlington Heights, Atwater Village, Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Beverlywood, Boyle Heights, Brentwood, Cahuega Pass, Canoga Park, Century City, Chatsworth, Cheviot Hills, Chinatown, Crenshaw, Crestview, Cypress Park, Del Rey, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Echo Park, El Sereno, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Encino, Fairfax, Glassell Park, Granada Hills, Hancock Park, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Harvard Heights, Highland Park, Hollywood, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, Koreatown, Lake Balboa, Lakeview Terrace, La Tuna Canyon, Leimert Park, Lincoln Heights, Los Feliz, Mar Vista, Mission Hills, Montecito Heights, Mt. Washington, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Oaks, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palms, Panorama City, Pico Union, Playa Vista, Porter Ranch, Rancho Park, Reseda, San Pedro, Sawtelle, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, South Carthay, South Robertson, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Toluca lake, Tujunga, University Hills, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, Watts, West Adams, Westchester, West Hills, Westlake, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Wilmington, Wilshire Center, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills), Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Manhattan Beach ,Norwalk , Ontario(Partial), Pasadena, Poway, Rancho Cucamonga, Redondo Beach , Rialto, Riverside, Rolling Hills Estates, Sacramento, San Bernardino(Partial), Santa Fe Springs, Torrance, Tracy, and Upland.
- The following cities have not posted that they accept post-consumer foam polystyrene in their list of accepted items for residential curbside recycling, however, the companies that sort their recyclables have confirmed they do sort foam for recycling if residents place it in their recycling containers:
Alpine, Arrow Bear, Bloomington, Bonita, Bonsall, Cerritos, Coronado, Crestline, Dictionary Hill ,Downey, East vale, Fallbrook, Fontana, Fountain Valley , Grand Terrace ,Highland, Huntington Beach ,Lake Arrowhead, Lomita, Julian, Lakeside, Lemon Grove , Lincoln Acres, Montclair, Mt.Helix , National City, Paramount, Pomona(Partial), Rainbow, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, Rim of The World, Riverside County(Partial), Rubidoux, Running Springs, San Bernardino County (Partial), San Marcos, Spring Valley, Valley Center, Vista, and Yucaipa (Partial).
CA Drop-Off Locations
CA Recycling Successes
- The following CA schools are now recycling their foam lunch trays or other foam materials with Dart: Chula Vista USD (Chula Vista, CA), Durand Area Schools (Durand, MI), El Segundo USD (El Segundo, CA), Hanford USD (Hanford, CA), Hemet USD (Hemet, CA), Lodi USD (Lodi, CA), Long Beach USD (Long Beach, CA), Los Alamitos USD (Los Alamitos, CA), Ontario USD (Ontario, CA), Riverside USD (Riverside, CA), Santee USD (Santee, CA), and South Bay USD (Imperial Beach, CA).
The Dart Story
The Dart story begins with a small machine shop in Mason, Michigan known as Dart Manufacturing Company. Established in 1937, this modest business prospered through the manufacture of such products as plastic key cases, steel tape measures, and identification tags for the armed services. Subsequent experimentation with expandable polystyrene in the late 1950s led to a line of high quality insulated foam cups, and Dart Container Corporation was born.
Today, Dart manufactures products in two California facilities strategically located near major markets in Northern and Southern California.
Dart strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns while providing tremendous value to the great state of California.
California Economic Benefits
- Dart employs 720 full-time employees
- Dart Pays $30 million per year in payroll dollars
- Dart Pays $19.9 million per year to California based vendors
- Dart Pays $2.6 million per year in state and local taxes
Dart’s ongoing drive for efficiency has reaped an extraordinary harvest in reductions of our carbon footprint. From the lighting fixtures in our offices to the technologies on our factory floors, each element of our business is scrutinized for ways to further reduce energy consumption, air emissions, and solid wastes.
Examples of DART’S Environmental STEWARDSHIP
- Energy conservation measures include recovering heat from our cup-making process to warm our buildings.
- Electrical usage has been substantially reduced through the use of programmable controls and lower wattage lighting.
- Dart’s largest factory uses landfill gas to run the boilers for its foam cup production and the ovens for its oriented polystyrene operations, resulting in a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Dart has led its industry in emissions reduction and source reduction efforts, including the reduction of pentane emissions, the expansion agent for foam cups. Dart recaptures pentane for use in our production processes.
- By choosing inks curable by ultraviolet light, Dart avoids the solvent emissions associated with typical solvent-based printing inks.
- The amount of material used to produce many Dart products has been reduced without altering product performance.
- The amount of materials used in the packaging of our products, both corrugated cartons and plastic films, has been reduced.
Dart currently operates polystyrene foam drop-off locations at our production plants for anyone who wishes to recycle foam products. In addition, we have recycling centers at our production facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ontario, Canada, capable of reprocessing 12 million pounds of foam products annually. Dart sells its recycled polystyrene to manufacturers who reprocess it into useful products. Recycled polystyrene is used in the making of picture frames, plastic lumber, egg cartons, building insulation, toys, and office desk products.
Dart RECYCLING Programs
Dart offers the CARE (Cups Are REcyclable) Program to make recycling polystyrene foam foodservice products easier for our customers for an affordable monthly lease. The CARE Program helps large users of foam foodservice products separate the foam from other products, consolidate the collected material, and arrange to have it recycled. Recycled foam foodservice products can be reprocessed into building insulation, plastic lumber, and many other products.
The Dart Recycla-Pak program is an easy way for any Dart customer to recycle their foam cups. Simply purchase a specially designed Recycla-Pak corrugated collection bin and you can start recycling foam cups. The Recycla-Pak collection bin doubles as the shipping carton used to return the collected cups for recycling at a Dart or industry recycling facility. The bin will be shipped to you flat and, after a simple assembly, you are ready to begin collecting used foam cups for recycling. During use, a cardboard divider in the bin keeps the collected cups neatly stacked. A pre-printed shipping label attached to the bin allows for easy return of the cups for recycling, freight prepaid. Most paper foodservice products are coated with wax, polyethylene plastic, or other nonbiodegradable materials and are, therefore, essentially no more degradable than foam.
The Dart densifier can compress
8,000 eight ounce foam cups into a
cylinder 15" tall and 15" in diameter.
- Most paper foodservice products are coated with wax, polyethylene plastic, or other nonbiodegradable materials and are, therefore, essentially no more degradable than foam.
- The manufacture of average-weight polystyrene foam hot beverage cups requires less energy than the manufacture of comparable plastic coated paperboard hot cups with cardboard sleeves. The manufacturing of polystyrene foam cold beverage cups requires less energy than the manufacture of comparable wax-coated paperboard cold cups.
- Plastic-coated paperboard cups don’t insulate as efficiently as foam cups. Plastic-coated paper cup users frequently use two cups together for hot beverages to protect their hands, thereby doubling the environmental impact of choosing paper.¹
- The manufacture of Dart polystyrene foam products does not deplete the ozone layer.
- Polystyrene foam can be recycled as part of an integrated solid waste management strategy. Paper foodservice disposables, on the other hand, are rarely recycled.
1 Franklin Associates, Ltd., Final Peer-Reviewed Report: Life Cycle Inventory of Polystyrene Foam, Bleached Paperboard, and Corrugated Paperboard Foodservice Products (Prepared for The Polystyrene Packaging Council, March 2006), Table 2-2, p. 2-7.