An interactive slide show documenting the history of Dart
The history of Solo Cup Company capturing important moments in time
An interactive map of Dart plant locations around the world
Meet our executive leadership team
Frequently Asked Questions
Request up-to-date information regarding your Dart account from our customer service team
We are here to help if you require account assistance
Place your order online
Sign up now for e-invoicing and receive the benefits of being connected
Share your feedback on product ideas or improvements
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
Find out the truth about PS foodservice products
Styrene is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in cinnamon, beef, and more.
An interactive map of locations where you can recycle polystyrene foam products
Cups Are REcyclable
An easy way for any Dart customer to recycle their foam cups.
Ways you can set up a recycling program in your school and make a difference
We've partnered with other manufacturers to convert post-consumer foam #6 into new products
Other web sites with valuable information about polystyrene foam
Contact us with questions about Dart's environmental efforts
A brief overview of Dart Container Corporation
Dart has facilities located across the world. Find a job in a location near you
Utilize My Job Agents to connect with opportunities that interest you
An interactive map of all Dart plant locations around the world
Discover all current Dart job opportunities
Find out more about what careers are available within Dart
6/24/2011 3:03:50 PM
Invites California Organizations, Businesses and Residents to Take Advantage of Expanded Recycling Options
CORONA, Calif. (June 24, 2011) – A new facility opening today marks another milestone in foam recycling efforts in California.
Dart Container Corporation today opened its Wash & Dry Center, which will enable the company to process food contaminated foam foodservice containers for recycling – including cups, plates, clam shell trays, and school lunch trays. The center, which is located at Dart’s Corona facility, can process foam even with food residue, making it even easier for local organizations, businesses and residents to recycle their used foam.With the ability to clean slightly more than three million pounds of foam per year, Dart can now recycle 100 percent of the foam it receives.
The unveiling included a ribbon cutting at the new center, demonstrations of how the equipment works and a tour of the foam foodservice product manufacturing process. Attendees ranged from local business representatives to residents to prominent elected officials, including Senator Bill Emmerson and Assembly Member Jeff Miller. Dart was lauded by the elected officials and other organizations for their commitment to recycling efforts.
“We are fortunate to have a company like Dart in our community,” said Senator Bill Emmerson. “Not only is Dart a major employer for our residents, but as a responsible manufacturer, the company is continually focused on reducing its carbon footprint and providing our community with options for recycling their foam products. We commend the many Dart employees that work tirelessly on these efforts.”
“One of the things that caught my attention is Dart’s positive financial impact on the state,” said Assembly Member Jeff Miller. “I hope I can continue to collaborate with companies like Dart and work on programs that allow businesses to flourish.”
Once the foam is received by Dart, it is cleaned, dried and compacted by the equipment. The compacted foam is then shipped to a company that uses it to make a variety of new products, including premium picture frames, interior molding and agricultural containers.
Even though many Southern California residents already have access to curbside recycling programs for their used foam, this will provide foodservice operators another option to contribute to a cleaner future, while helping their bottom line. Nationally, the company can process more than 12 million pounds annually, signaling major opportunities throughout the country. The new center will immediately be put to use with processing the more than one million school lunch trays that Dart collects and recycles monthly through its partnership program with P & R Paper, several public school systems and a waste hauler.
“Our investment in the wash and dry equipment is another example of our commitment to driving foam recycling infrastructure nationally,” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart Container Corporation. “This presents an opportunity for businesses and organizations that want to recycle foam but may not have the means to establish extensive programs. Now they can still contribute to a cleaner environment and recycle their foam, even with limited resources.”
Commonly referred to as “Styrofoam”,a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, foam #6 is a recyclable product that is used in a wide range of products, from foam cups and foodservice containers, to the large molded blocks used to package electronics. Dart is driving foam recycling efforts throughout California and nationally through its programs, and foam drop off-locations at 13 facilities across the country.
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 ismaking a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive toenvironmental concerns. Dart is headquartered in Mason, Mich. For more information, visit www.dart.biz or call (800) 248-5960.