Waseca Public Schools Recycling Foam Lunch Trays

2010-11-03 13:56:09

Public School system partners with Dart Container Corporation in a commitment to Sustain an eco‐friendly dining service and divert foam from landfill

WASECA, Minn. (Nov. 3, 2010) – Waseca Public Schools has added another R to the more traditional “reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic,” teaming up with Michigan‐based Dart Container Corporation to pioneer a new way to recycle foam as part of the school district’s dining services.

Through Dart’s CARE (Cups Are REcyclable) Program, the school district is leasing a densifier – a machine designed to reduce a mound of foam food containers and trays as large as a car into a size that fits into a five‐gallon bucket. Foam food‐service products collected from the district’s five schools will be collected, compacted at the densifier located at Junior High School and hauled off by Dart for recycling at its facilities. Recycled foam can be reprocessed into premium picture frames, interior molding, and many other products.

“Waseca Public Schools save $30,000 annually using foam, and we were looking for a way to both save money and help sustain the environment – and Dart has helped us do just that,’’ said Jason Forshee, Director of Food & Nutrition Services with Waseca Public Schools. “In addition to food trays, we can recycle cups, foam hinged trays and food containers.’’

Densifiers are ideal for high‐volume cafeteria systems using foam products, said Tony Reisgies, a Dart Container sales representative. The densifier reduces the amount of space required to store collected foam and minimizes the number of truck pick‐ups. This results in a more efficient foam recycling process and smaller carbon footprint.

“Foam is affordable, useful, promotes public health and is recyclable,’’ Reisgies said. “As a company, Dart is driving recycling efforts from our manufacturing facilities and recycling centers to businesses and consumers’ homes. Post‐consumer reuse of recycled foam reduces blight, creates jobs and diverts waste from landfills.’’

Often improperly called “Styrofoam,” a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, Dart’s products are recyclable and reusable. Foam products generate less waste in their production than paper alternatives, are stable and safe in landfills, and burn cleanly in modern municipal energy‐from waste facilities.

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 is making a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and is headquartered in Mason, Mich. For more information, visit www.dart.biz/recycle or call (800) 248‐5960.

About Waseca Public Schools
The Waseca Public Schools is the public school system in Waseca, Minnesota. The district provides education from kindergarten through 12th grade. Hartley educates children kindergarten through third grade. Central Intermediate School hosts students in grades 4‐6, Waseca Junior High provides grades 7‐ 8, and Waseca High School hosts students from grades 9‐12. Waseca is a community committed to lifelong learning, developing the highest potential of all learners while building self‐esteem, and assuring success in a global society. For more information visit: http://www.waseca.k12.mn.us/

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