Half a truckload of foam polystyrene was collected to be given a second life
DAVIS, Calif. (October 21, 2015) – Recently, the University of California, Davis, partnered with Dart Container Corporation for a foam packaging recycling drive. Often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, a trademark of Dow, the material is widely used to package many items that students bring to school including televisions and other electronics. The effort resulted in half a truckload being collected. The event was the school’s sixth annual recycling drive and took place as freshmen students moved in for the school year.
UC Davis and its Student Housing office is committed to sustainability in construction, operations and resident education. The campus's most recently constructed residence hall, Tercero Phase 3, earned the highest possible rating of platinum in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. Opened last fall, it is one of the largest residence hall projects in the nation to attain the certification. Environmental outlet, Sierra magazine, ranked UC Davis No. 2 in the magazine’s 2015 “Cool Schools” report.
“Obviously, we take sustainable practices very seriously on our campus. This move in weekend and recycling drive is just another important step towards fulfilling the University’s zero waste goals,” said Jenni Porter, Sustainability Coordinator for UC Davis Student Housing. “We always make sure to take any opportunity to educate our students in the importance of environmental responsibility, including recycling, and are once again glad to see the students participating. We are also thankful to Dart Container Corporation for helping us make our campus a leader in sustainability efforts.”
For its sixth year, the move-in recycling hit new highs, with half a truckload of foam collected for transfer and recycling at Dart’s Lodi facility. Once there, the foam will be processed and circulated to manufacturers who will use the recycled material to create premium picture frames. The weekend also resulted in 11,440 pounds of cardboard being collected and sent to Recycling Industries in Sacramento for processing.
“We are once again proud to partner with UC Davis to increase efforts and awareness about recycling.” said Michael Westerfield, Director of Recycling with Dart Container. “It is impressive to see students taking action to recycle products that many people don’t realize are recyclable – like foam packaging.”
All recyclable foam can be discerned by a triangular chasing arrows stamp with a #6 in the center. Products with these stamps cover a wide spectrum, from foam cups and foodservice containers, to meat trays, to the large molded blocks used to package fragile items.
Foam and other recyclable products were gathered on Sept. 19th and 20th, with a team of UC Davis recycling volunteers and students assisting in the collection.
For area residents interested recycling, local drop-off for recyclables including foam can be found by searching “foam” at http://search.earth911.com. For more information about Dart’s commitment with other schools, companies and municipalities, please go to http://www.dart.biz/recycleca. For more examples of UC Davis leadership in sustainability, see: http://sustainability.ucdavis.edu.
About UC Davis
For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 35,000 students, about 2,500 faculty and about 21,000 staff, an annual research budget of more than $700 million and a comprehensive health system. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
About Sustainability at UC Davis
UC Davis has long served as a proving ground for innovations in environmental sustainability. Sierra Magazine named UC Davis the nation’s No. 2 Cool School in its 2015 ranking of the country’s greenest colleges. In 2011, UC Davis West Village opened its doors and is on track to become the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community. Seven UC Davis building complexes are certified LEED Platinum, the highest ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Aggressive recycling, composting and reuse efforts prevent more than 79 percent of campus waste from entering landfills annually. The campus also boasts more than 42 miles of bike paths and more than 20,000 bike racks, earning it a gold award from the League of American Bicyclists.