Aflac Headquarters Debuts Foam Recycling, Sets Bar for Other Businesses and Institutions

2009-11-02 1:28:24 PM

Insurance provider partners with Dart Container Corporation in a commitment to sustain an eco-friendly organization and divert foam from landfill

COLUMBUS, GA – Aflac’s international headquarters has teamed up with Michigan-based Dart Container Corp. to pioneer a new way for Georgia businesses and other large corporations to recycle foam as part of food-service operations.

As part of Dart’s CARE (Cups Are REcyclable) Program, Aflac is leasing a foam densifier – a machine designed to compact a mound offoam food containers and trays the size of a small car into the size of a five-gallon bucket. The CARE Program helps large operators using foam food service products separate foam from other products, consolidate collected material, and have it recycled. Recycled foam food service products can be reprocessed into building insulation, plastic lumber, and many other products.

“Recycling foam is easy, and Aflac is proving it. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this event and contribute to a more sustainable corporation,” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart. “Dart’s always looking for ways we can positively support our community and our company is dedicated to raising awareness that foam recycling is possible and practical in Georgia.”

Densifiers are ideal for high-volume cafeteria systems using foam products like those atAflac. Before, the organization had no choice but to send used foam to area landfills. Dart picks up densified foam products once a month at no charge to the CARE program participant. The densifier reduces the amount of space required to store collected foam, therefore minimizing truck pick-ups and ultimately reducing the carbon footprint made by the foam recycling process.

Often improperly called “Styrofoam,” 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 and packaging, exceptionally reliable service and responsible environmental practices.Dart is making a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns. Dart houses nine public foam drop offs in the country, including one in Lithonia, Ga. Dart is headquartered in Mason, Mich. For more information, visit www.dart.biz or call (800) 248-5960.

About Aflac

For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. As the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan, Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. In 2009, Aflac was recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year and was also named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for the second consecutive year. In 2009 Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eleventh consecutive year. Fortune magazine also ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of the Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. Aflac appears on Hispanic Enterprise magazine's list of the 50 Best Companies for Supplier Diversity and on Black Enterprise magazine's list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity. Aflac was also named by Forbes magazine as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit www.aflac.com.

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