Public Drop-Off for Foam Recycling Offered at Great American River Clean-Up

2010-09-24 9:15:46 AM

Dart, Keep California Beautiful and American River Parkway Foundation bring one-day foam cup and packaging recycling to William Pond Recreation Area location on Saturday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 24, 2010) – Discarded foam cups, clamshells and other litter picked up by volunteers and dropped off by the public during the Great American River Clean-Up could soon become ingredients for picture frames or decorative moulding, thanks to sponsor Dart Container Corporation.

This year, in conjunction with the American River Parkway Foundation and Keep California Beautiful, Dart invites the public to drop-off (one-day only) their clean, bagged foam food service containers for free. Applicable items include foam cups, plates, clamshells, and shape molded foam packaging, often used to package electronics. All foam must bear the () symbol with chasing arrows. The Dart drop-off will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon on the north side of the river at William Pond Recreation Area at 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, Calif.

“We encourage residents and businesses in the Sacramento area to take advantage of this one-day event by dropping off foodservice or packaging foam to be recycled,” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart Container Corporation. “As a part of the clean-up, Dart is happy to contribute to a cleaner future by providing recycling infrastructure for foam products.”

Dart is driving recycling efforts from its California manufacturing facilities in Lodi and Corona to workplaces, warehouse recycling centers and consumers’ homes in curbside recycling efforts, such as L.A.’s “New to Blue.” 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.

“We’re grateful for Dart’s sponsorship again this year,” said Stacy Carlson, Event/Volunteer Coordinator of American River Parkway Foundation. “With greater awareness, we hope Sacramento area residents become more mindful about responsible ways to dispose of single-use food service and packaging products.”

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 headquartered in Mason, Mich. For more information, visit www.dart.biz or call (800) 248-5960.

About American River Parkway Foundation

The American River Parkway Foundation is a publicly supported 501 (c) (3) not for profit agency, which each year coordinates the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who contribute thousands of work hours to maintaining and improving the Parkway. Volunteers work to restore the native habitat and vegetation, improve public safety, reduce the threat of fires and increase the public’s stewardship of the Parkway.

For more information, visit http://www.arpf.org/garcu.shtml or call (916) 486-2773.

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