An interactive slide show documenting the history of Dart
The history of the Solo Cup Corporation capturing important moments in time
Dart Canada Inc. is committed to the principles of independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity and to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, in a timely manner. We will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA).
An interactive map of Dart plant locations around the world
Frequently Asked Questions
Stay up-to-date with the latest company news
Visit our archive of news stories
News Coverage of Dart's Lawsuit Against NYC
Find out more about our newest product offerings
Read about our environmental stewardship efforts and how we are making a difference
A list of the awards we have received over the years
Find out about upcoming trade shows, locally and internationally
Ways we are making a difference
Find the answers you are looking for
An interactive map of locations where you can recycle polystyrene foam products
Find out the truth about PS foodservice products
Municipal recycling information and locations
Contact us with questions about Dart's environmental efforts
Find out more about what careers are available within Dart
An interactive map of all Dart plant locations around the world
Join 15,000 exceptional people, all working as one team
Log-in to see open positions for Dart employees only
A brief history of Dart Container Corporation
From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, we are a part of your life
Ways we are making a difference
Dart sets the industry standard of excellence
It is through the diverse ability, imagination, and determination of our workforce that Dart is the industry standard of excellence.
We are committed to being involved within local communities and beyond
2015-10-30 2:57:36 PM
New research suggests that mealworms can safely eat and digest polystyrene foam and other types of plastic. The two studies were recently published in Environmental Science and Technology from co-authors Professor Jun Yang and his doctorate student Yu Yang of Beihang University, and Stanford University engineer Wei-Min Wu. Within their research they found that the inside of a mealworm’s gut contains microorganisms that are able to biodegrade polyethylene and other plastics.
Individuals are finding the results astonishing; believing this new breakthrough may help solve the plastic pollution affecting the world.
According to CNN, the research documented over 100 mealworms who consumed 34 to 39 milligrams of polystyrene foam each day. Scientists also paid attention to the mealworms' overall health and saw larvae that ate a diet subsisting strictly of foam were as healthy as mealworms eating a normal diet of bran.
The studies concluded that the mealworms transformed the plastic they ate into carbon dioxide, worm biomass and biodegradable waste. Additionally, the researchers felt the waste seemed safe to use in soil for plants and even crops. Notably, in the past scientists have studied cockroaches consuming plastic, but the insects have not shown the biodegradation effects that the mealworms have revealed.
Besides having these creepy crawlers do the “recycling” for us, you personally can add recycling into your daily routine. There are many recycling drop-off locations where foam #6 and other plastics are accepted. By choosing to recycle, you will help reduce solid waste and demonstrate environmental responsibility for future generations. Click here to find a drop-off location near you.
Moving forward, the researchers will continue to study the plastic-eating mealworms in order to see if these creatures can provide a sustainable solution for foam recycling.