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Dart debuts enhanced sustainability commitments, launches plogging initiative with Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash in Norwalk, CT

Mason, Mich., (October 1, 2019) — Dart Container Corporation CEO Jim Lammers recently announced the company’s enhanced commitment to sustainability by introducing three focal areas for its environmental leadership efforts.

Dart will focus on processes, programs and products in the areas of innovation, inspiration and investment.

“Our purpose is to give people the freedom to enjoy the food and drinks they love, wherever they are,” Lammers said. “We accept our responsibility for the environmental effects of that freedom because it’s the right thing to do.”

The producer of 3,000 food and beverage packaging options, Dart has long led the industry in providing education about and recycling opportunities for its products.

Included in Dart’s initial commitments are:

The company is working with long-time partner Keep America Beautiful to spread the “plogging” trend across the US. The trend, which combines the Swedish term plocka upp (“pick up”) and jogging, started in Scandinavia and encourages joggers and walkers to pick up trash during their activities. Dart will provide funding and trash grabbers for community running events around the country to reduce litter on land and in waterways.

"We're really excited to work with our long-time partner, Keep America Beautiful, on spreading this new trend across America," said Ashley Elzinga, Social Responsibility & Sustainability Specialist from our Government Affairs & the Environment department. "This is real, tangible action people can take to eliminate litter, prevent marine debris and drive meaningful environmental change—all while enjoying healthy outdoor activities."

Learn more about Dart’s enhanced sustainability commitment and inaugural plogging event.

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