Dart Container Corporation Lauded for Conservation and Pollution Efforts

2011-05-13 14:42:18

Dart’s Tumwater facility selected as a result of environmentally safe policies and practices

Spokane, WA – Dart Container Corporation, a leading foam foodservice manufacturer, was recently selected by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for environmentally friendly activities at its Washington facility. At a luncheon honoring companies for their environmental programs, Dart’s Tumwater, Wash., facility was awarded with a Conservation and Pollution Prevention Award for its environmental policies and overall stewardship.

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) Environmental Excellence Awards recognizes companies that demonstrate initiative, innovation and outstanding achievement in environmental compliance, protection and conservation. Dart’s selection stemmed from its measures to help reduce its carbon footprint and preserve resources at this facility. Dart was also considered due to its continuing efforts to make foam recycling more accessible locally and nationally. Whenever possible, Dart adheres to Environmentally Preferably Purchasing (EPP) policies and uses recycled items. The facility also reduces its carbon footprint by using programmable controls and lower wattage lighting to reduce electrical usage. These efforts have led to this facility significantly reducing its carbon footprint, and in 2010, it saved approximately 7.59 percent of its energy usage compared to 2007 usage.

Dart also recognizes the importance of raising awareness of the value of recycled polystyrene foam and spreads this education in the local community. As part of these efforts, Dart unveiled its latest postconsumer foam recycling drop‐off site in Tumwater in November 2009, marking its 25th anniversary of manufacturing in Washington and helping drive recycling efforts locally. Since opening, the site has received and recycled more than 16,000 pounds of polystyrene foam, diverting a significant amount of foam from area landfills. Due to the success of this program, the Thurston County Solid Waste Program is currently working to add another drop‐off site at the Lacey Waste Recovery Center in the northern part of Thurston County.

“This recognition is another example highlighting our commitment to contributing to a cleaner and greener future.” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart. “We will continue to invest in programs to increase awareness of foam recycling and spur infrastructure development throughout the country.”

For more than 50 years, Dart Container Corporation has set the industry standard of excellence by providing high quality, recyclable, affordable and safe foodservice products and packaging, exceptionally reliable service and responsible environmental practices. Commonly referred to as “Styrofoam”, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, foam #6 is a recyclable product that is used in a wide range of products, including foam cups and foodservice containers. Dart is driving foam recycling efforts in Washington and nationally through its programs and foam drop off‐locations at 13 facilities across the country, including the Tumwater plant.

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.

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