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Dart Container Unveils New Polystyrene Foam Recycling Drop-off Site


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dart Container Corportaion Lodi, CA recycling drop-off site.

Ribbon Cutting from left to right: Christine Flowers Ewing (Executive Director of Keep California Beautiful), Zion (Timbron), Martha Ramirez (Lodi Plant), Ron Crookham (Lodi Plant Manager), Michael Westerfield (Dart Container Corporation), Lisa Barry (CIWMB), David Firestone (Timbron), Jennifer Cariglio (City of Tracy), George Wall (DCSC Regional Sales Manager), and Denise Warmerdam (Supervisor Ken Vogel's office).

LODI, CA – Dart Container Corporation opened its newest post-consumer polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of The Dow Chemical Company), drop-off site at its Lodi, CA plant. This is the San Joaquin Valley’s first such facility and it accepts foam food service containers, including foam cups, foam plates, foam clamshells, and shape or molded foam packaging, often used to package electronics.

This event was attended by representatives of U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney and of the San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel. Christine Flowers-Ewing, Executive Director of Keep California Beautiful noted “To deal with the problem at hand; Keep California Beautiful has been encouraging communities and industry partners to find better ways to use less, recycle more, and get involved as part of a solution. By providing a regional collection point in San Joaquin County, Dart as a manufacturer of the product, is contributing to the solution.” Lisa Barry of the California Integrated Waste Management Board also acknowledged the leadership role that Dart is taking to help develop the expanded polystyrene collection infrastructure statewide and said “Dart’s public-private partnership is commendable.”

After a presentation from Frank Ferral of the Green Team San Joaquin, Dart offered a tour of its recycling facility that included a demonstration of its proprietary foam densifier. The densifier compacted a pile of foam the size of a car into a cylinder the size of a 5 gallon bucket. The event concluded with a barbeque.

Michael Westerfield with Denise Warmerdam

Michael Westerfield, of Dart Container
Corporation and Denise Warmerdam, representative from Supervisor Ken Vogel's office.

This is Dart’s sixth company owned drop-off facility. Dart Container Corporation, the world’s largest maker of foam cups, is a leading manufacturer of quality single-use products for the foodservice, retail, and food packaging industries. Dart strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns. Dart has received awards and commendations from McDonald’s Corporation, the State of California Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Waste Management Board and the State of Illinois House of Representatives for this work.