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Foam #6 Recycling Now Available in Howard County, MD

ELLICOTT CITY, MD (June 5, 2012) – The Howard County, Maryland Department of Public Works announced a partnership with Dart Container Corporation, a leading manufacturer and recycler of polystyrene foam #6 foodservice products, to collect these products at the county’s Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents’ Convenience Center.

The foam #6 items, accepted at the convenience center only, include white packaging, clean drinking cups and food containers, egg cartons, and clean food trays marked with a #6 in the Resin Identification Code symbol. Foam #6 items that were in contact with food or drinks should be rinsed.
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Litter Studies Find that Foam Food Service Makes Up 1.5 Percent of Litter

Gaithersburg, MD (May , 2012) –Environmental Resources Planning compiled information from nineteen litter surveys conducted in the U.S. and Canada from 1994 to 2009, including a 2008 national survey of 240 sites. The firm reviewed surveys that used statistically valid quantification and charcterization methodolgies.

The report finds that polystyrene foam food service products "consistently constitute a small portion of litter (1.5 percent). Evaluating just the surveys conducted since 2000 yields an even lower median value of 1.1 percent."
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Boy Scouts of America's Opening of New Delaware Camp to Go Green

Dover, DE (May 7, 2012) – Through a partnership between Dart Container Corp. and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is reducing its environmental impact by recycling thousands of polystyrene foam cups - also known as foam #6 - that will be used at a peninsula-wide Scout Jamboree this weekend at the new Akridge Scout Reservation. Commonly referred to as “Styrofoam”, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, foam #6 is recyclable and is used in a wide range of products, from foam cups and foodservice containers, to the large molded blocks used to package electronics.
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Dart Employees Participate in the 23rd annual LA River Clean-Up

On Saturday, April 28, employees from Dart’s Corona facility joined hundreds of other volunteers at the 23rd annual Friends of LA River Clean-Up. Organized by Ed Rhodes, Sandra Ormonde, and Yvette Find for the fourth consecutive year, our employees were happy to join other volunteers in restoring the Los Angeles River. In addition to picking-up litter, the plant also had a booth to educate volunteers on the recyclability of foam products in Los Angeles.


Michigan-based container manufacturer becomes certified recycler

Lansing, MI (March 28, 2012) — Dart Container Corporation gained the third-star certificate in MRC’s recognition program for their significant in-house waste reduction and recycling efforts. “By simply establishing in-house waste reduction and recycling policies and procedures, Dart set the stage for companywide commitment to resource conservation and recycling,” Kerrin O’Brien, MRC executive director said.
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The NC Half Marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway Runs “Green”

Cabarrus County, NC. (March15, 2012) — In partnership with the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Continental Events and Sports Management group, the inaugural NC Half Marathon is reducing its environmental impact by recycling thousands of foam cups. This sport event is focused on setting a new standard for U.S. athletic events by incorporating green practices into each race.
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Dart Receives 2nd Consecutive Recognition as CalRecycle WRAP Recipient

CORONA/LODI, CA (January 4, 2012) — For the 2nd straight year, CalRecycle has recognized Dart Container Corporation as a winner of its prestigious Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP). Dart was awarded based on its waste reduction efforts at its manufacturing facilities in Lodi and Corona.
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Mid‐Atlantic Municipalities Partner with Dart

(November 15, 2011) — With the global population hitting epic numbers, it’s more important than ever for us to conserve resources and reduce waste.

A growing number of entities throughout the Mid‐Atlantic are working to accomplish this by providing foam recycling services to their residents and businesses.
Press Release (pdf)


Foam Recycling Now Available - Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 15, 2011) — In conjunction with America Recycles Day, the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Streets Department are today launching its polystyrene foam (#6) recycling pilot program.
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Foam Recycling Now Available - Delaware

DOVER, DE. (October 31, 2011) — The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) today announced a partnership with Dart Container Corporation (Dart), a leading manufacturer of polystyrene foam foodservice products, also known as foam #6, to collect these products at the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) in New Castle.
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Foam Recycling Comes to Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, MD (October 25, 2011) — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx announced today a partnership with Dart Container Corporation, a leading manufacturer of polystyrene foam foodservice products, also known as foam #6, to collect these clean products, at no charge, at the Northwest Citizen's Convenience Center.
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Sustainable UC Davis Students Tackle Trash and Recycle Foam

DAVIS, CA (September 12, 2011) — The beginning of a new school year can be a fresh start for both new and returning students, a time filled with new experiences and lessons.

For students living in the UC Davis residence halls, this move-in day will be an opportunity to learn an important lesson before they even attend their first class. These students will learn about the importance of sustainable practices and the individual impact they can have on a cleaner future.
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Dart Container Returns to the Great American River Clean Up With Foam Recycling and Education for 4th Consecutive Year

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 16, 2011) — For the fourth year, Dart Container Corporation is bringing foam recycling, education and volunteers to the Great American River Clean Up.
On September 18, employees from Dart's Lodi facility will join thousands of other volunteers in picking up trash and debris from the American River Parkway, enhancing a 23-mile stretch of the river.
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Penn State's Campus Dining Locations Now Recycling Polystyrene Foam

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (August 16, 2011) —This fall, Penn State Campus Dining will begin collecting polystyrene foam and working with the Office of Physical Plant (OPP), the Campus Sustainability Office and Dart Container Corporation to have it recycled into reusable products.
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Dart Products Ltd (UK) Opens West Midlands' First Free Public Polystyrene Foam Collection Centre

CRADLEY HEATH, West Midlands, UK (June 29, 2011) — Polystyrene foam collection has arrived in the West Midlands. Dart Products Ltd has today unveiled the first free public polystyrene foam collection centre in the West Midlands where local businesses, residents and organisations can drop off foam with the number 6 on it for recycling.
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Foam Recycling Arrives in Central Maryland

WESTMINSTER, MD (August 01, 2011) — Dart Container Corporation, a leading manufacturer of foam foodservice products, has announced it is now offering foam recycling to Carroll County, making it the first area in central Maryland with these services.

Through a partnership with Carroll County, Dart Container will collect postconsumer foam from the Northern Landfill in Westminster.
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Foam Recycling Now Available in Dauphin County

HARRISBURG, PA (July 21, 2011) — Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III today announced a partnership with the Dart Container Corporation, a leading manufacturer of foam foodservice products, to collect polystyrene foam, also known as foam #6, at the county’s recycling facility in Harrisburg.
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Dart Container Unveils New Wash & Dry Center

CORONA, CA (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.
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1,000,000 per Month, California Serves up New Milestone in Foam School Lunch Tray Recycling

CORONA, CA, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A collaborative effort involving public school systems, a waste hauler, a foodservice distributor, and Dart Container Corporation to recycle foam school lunch trays has hit a new milestone in California – with more than one million trays now being collected and recycled each month.
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Dart Container Corporation Lauded for Conservation and Pollution Efforts

Spokane, WA (May 13, 2011) — Dart Container Corporation, a leading foam foodservice manufacturer, was recently selected by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for environmentally friendly activities at its Washington facility. At a luncheon honoring companies for their environmental programs, Dart's Tumwater, WA, facility was awarded with a Conservation and Pollution Prevention Award for its environmental policies and overall stewardship.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Container Returns to LA River CleanUp,
Bringing Foam Recycling Education for 3rd Straight Year

LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2011) – Dart Container Corporation is once again partnering with Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and sponsoring the 22nd annual Great LA River CleanUp.

For the 3rd consecutive year, employees from Dart Container Corporation's Corona facility will join hundreds of other volunteers in the CleanUp, picking up litter near the Long Beach Estuary on Saturday, April 30, between 9 a.m. and noon. The Estuary, one of the 14 sites for this year's CleanUp, is the location where the paved cement along the LA River ends and the river's freshwater mixes with saltwater from the Pacific Ocean.
Press Release (pdf)


The X-Men X Factor: Recycling Foam

PLANT CITY, FL. (January 26, 2011) – Dart Container Corp., a leading manufacturer of foodservice and packaging products, has partnered with Fox to recycle foam material from the set of the latest X-Men film, "X-Men: First Class.'' To date, more than 7,500 pounds of foam have been recycled, or approximately seven semi-truck loads, some of which was reused to develop additional sets for the film.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Container Featured in Green Magazine

Green Magazine Television produced by WDCC, is a television series about global sustainability. The series showcases some of the latest technologies and innovative concepts being utilized by companies. Dart Container Corporation's Mason, MI recycling center was featured in a segments aired in December 2010 on The Discovery Channel, CNBC, and The Learning Channel.


Dart Container Corp. Recognized by CalRecycle for Outstanding Waste Reduction Efforts

CORONA/LODI, CA (January 18, 2011) – Dart Container Corp., a leading manufacturer of foodservice and packaging products, is a winner of the prestigious 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for waste reduction efforts at its manufacturing facilities in Lodi and Corona, the company announced today.
Press Release (pdf)


Arlington Heights School District Recycling Foam Lunch Trays

Arlington Heights, IL (November 15, 2010) – A stack of lunch trays reaching nine feet high recently proved an important point for children at Arlington Heights School District 25 – collecting the foam ( ) trays for recycling can help save landfill space and be transformed into useful products. In partnership with Dart Container Corp, the school district is diverting their school lunch trays from the landfill by delivering them to Dart in N. Aurora so they can be processed for recycling. Recycled foam can be reprocessed into premium picture frames, interior molding, and many other products.
Press Release (pdf)


Waseca Public Schools Recycling Foam Lunch Trays

WASECA, MN (Nov. 3, 2010) – Waseca Public Schools has added another R to the more traditional "reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic," teaming up with Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation to pioneer a new way to recycle foam as part of the school district's dining services.
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Dart Inducted into Keep Chicago Beautiful Hall of Fame

CHICAGO, IL (September 30, 2010) – Dart Container Corporation was recently inducted into Keep Chicago Beautiful's Recycling Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes Dart's efforts in raising awareness about foam recycling, as well as our ongoing programs to seed recycling activity through Recycla-Pak, CARE (Cups Are Recyclable) and free foam drop-off at our U.S. plants. Dart is proud to be on the KCB Board of Directors (www.kcb.org).


Dart Container Joins FedEx and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to Recycle Foam Ice Chests

PLANT CITY, FL. (September 27, 2010) Ð Dart Container Corporation, manufacturer of foodservice and packaging products, has joined forces with FedEx Custom Critical and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to recycle nearly 1,000 foam ice chests used to rescue and translocate approximately 25,000 endangered sea turtle eggs from northern Gulf of Mexico beaches to the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The recycling effort is the final step in a rescue that helped prevent the loss of an entire cohort of turtle hatchlings that would otherwise have perished in oil-tainted waters.
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Public Drop-Off for Foam Recycling Offered at Great American River Clean-Up

SACRAMENTO, CA, 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.
Press Release (pdf)


First Mexico Foam Recycling Plant Inaugurated

Atlacomulco, Edo. Mexico, June 16, 2010. - As part of its strategy to support the community, Dart de México launched its first collection center for recycling of foam (expanded polystyrene) in Mexico, which will have capacity to process 400 tons of this material annually. This free service will help reduce the storage of this material in Mexico landfills.
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Dart Container Brings Foam Recycling Education to Great LA River Cleanup for 2nd Year

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 8, 2010) – For the 2nd year, Dart Container Corporation had a table at the 21st annual Great LA River Clean up, where employees both educated volunteers about the recyclability of foam and picked up litter along the Steelhead Park site. Dart brought foam recycling education to the annual Friends of the Los Angeles River event on May 8 to remind consumers that foam products, like many other plastics, are recyclable, and to encourage the responsible public disposal of litter as a way of preserving an important Los Angeles watershed and habitat.
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The 4th Annual Avenue of the Vines Goes Green By Recycling Foam Cups

LODI, CA (May 12, 2010) – Lodi’s Dart Container, a company employing more than 100 people in the area, will be providing and recycling foam cups from the 4th annual Kaiser Permanente Avenue of the Vines Half Marathon & 5K. Sunday’s race, through country roads with scenery of grape vines and mustard seed just east of Lodi, is taking its place among already established marquee athletic events across the U.S. in setting a new standard in reducing its environmental impact. Dart is contributing more than 8,000 cups and collecting the cups to be recycled at its plant in Lodi, where they accept used foam products for recycling at no cost to the public. Once collected, the material is used to make new products including picture frames or decorative moulding.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Container Corp.’s New U.S. Line of Stock Printed Foam Cups
Extend Company’s Efforts to Showcase “Green” Benefits of Foam

MASON, MI (April 20, 2010) – Foam is greener than some people may think, and the Dart Container Corporation is extending its efforts to educate consumers about the environmental benefits of foam on its new U.S. line of printed stock cups. Ten different messages printed with solvent-free UV inks on the brightly-colored hot and cold beverage cups serve up facts about the recyclability of foam and how foam compares environmentally to similar paper-based products. The messages, which invite consumers to learn more at www.dart.biz , reinforce Dart’s efforts nationwide to promote recycling of foam, and to dispel misperceptions about foam’s environmental attributes.
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Foam Recycling Earth Week Open House

MASON, MI (April 20, 2010) Dart Container Corporation, with more than 1,000 local employees, is holding an open house at its post-consumer foam collection facility in Mason to celebrate Earth Week and educate the community about the recyclability of foam (often improperly called “Styrofoam,” a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company).

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Media & Public: Tours @ 11 a.m.
Open House: 10 a.m. to noon
Dart’s Public Foam Recycling Drop Off, Dart Container Corporation
432 Hogsback Road, Mason, Mich., 48854
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North Carolina Welcomes Free Public Foam Recycling Drop-Off Facility

Dart Container of North Carolina encourages residents and organizations near Randolph County to divert foam from landfills at its free foam collection center so the foam can be recycled

RANDLEMAN, NC (February 25, 2010) Foam recycling has arrived in Randolph County. Dart Container of North Carolina today unveiled its latest post-consumer foam collection site in Randleman.

Press Release
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MyFox8.com (video)
wxii12.com (story)


Food and Drink Quarterly

The Foam Revolution

Food and Drink Quarterly, Volume: 6 | Issue: 1

Think that by choosing paper cups over polystyrene foam cups you’re saving the environment? Well, you’re not. And Dart Container Corporation has the environmental facts to prove it as the company continues to advance a greener way of doing business, reports Lorie Greenspan.
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Free Public Foam Recycling Drop-Off Facility Arrives in Texas

WAXAHACHIE, TX (February 11, 2010) – Foam recycling has arrived in Ellis County. Dart Container of Texas today unveiled in Waxahachie its latest post-consumer foam collection site. The free drop-off will pioneer a new way for Texas residents, businesses and organizations to recycle foam with the number 6 on it.
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Building a foam mountain at Westwood

By News-Sentinel Staff Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Westwood Elementary School students to create a mountain of foam nearly 10 feet high Friday morning. The Recycling Club gathered foam to help the environment and educate the public.
Press Release
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Dart Container Corporation Brings Free Public Foam Recycling Drop-Off Facility to Clarke County, MS

QUITMAN, MS (December 10, 2009) – Foam recycling has arrived in Clarke County. Dart Container Company of Mississippi today unveiled in Quitman its latest post-consumer foam collection site – the first in the state. As one of a growing number of regions to be equipped with foam recycling infrastructure, the free drop-off will pioneer a new way for Mississippi residents, businesses and organizations to recycle foam with the number 6 on it. Press Release (pdf)


Illinois Introduces Foam Recycling Public Drop-Off Facility in Aurora

AURORA, IL (November 12, 2009) – Foam recycling has arrived in Kane County. Dart Container Corporation of Illinois today unveiled in Aurora its latest post–consumer foam recycling drop–off site – the first in the state. As one of a growing number of regions to be equipped with foam recycling infrastructure, the free drop–off will pioneer a new way for Illinois residents, businesses and organizations to use and reuse foam with the number 6 on it. Press Release (pdf)


Washington Debuts Public Foam Recycling Drop-Off Facility in Thurston County

TUMWATER, WA (November 5, 2009) – Foam recycling has arrived in Thurston County. In celebration of its 25th anniversary of manufacturing in Washington, Dart Container Corporation, in conjunction with Thurston County Solid Waste, today unveiled in Tumwater its latest post-consumer foam recycling drop-off site. As one of a growing number of regions to be equipped with foam recycling infrastructure, the free drop-off will pioneer a new way for Washington residents, businesses and organizations to use and reuse foam with the number 6 on it.
Press Release
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Aflac Headquarters Debuts Foam Recycling, Sets Bar for Other Businesses and Institutions

COLUMBUS, GA (November 2, 2009) – 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 of foam 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.
Press Release (pdf)


Kentucky Debuts Public Foam Recycling Drop-Off Facility in Hart County

HORSE CAVE, KY (October 8, 2009) – Dart Container Corporation today unveiled its latest post-consumer foam recycling drop-off site in Horse Cave, Ky. As one of a growing number of regions to be equipped with foam recycling infrastructure, the free drop-off will pioneer a new way for Kentucky residents, businesses and organizations, such as local Mammoth Cave National Park, to use and reuse foam with the number 6 on it. This is one of the state’s first public site to accept foam food service containers, including foam cups, plates, take-out containers, egg cartons, as well as shaped or molded foam often used to package electronics. This effort, Dart’s 8th drop-off location in the country, will divert foam from area landfills and allow it to be recycled into new products such as base boards and moldings.
Press Release (pdf)


Maryville Academy Debuts Foam Recycling in Illinois,
Sets Bar for Other Schools, Businesses and Institutions in State

DES PLAINES, Ill. (September 29, 2009) – Maryville Academy, a childcare organization serving children and families in need, has teamed up with Dart Container Corporation in a commitment to Sustain an eco-friendly 24-hour dining service and divert foam from landfills. The effort launched today will divert nearly 700,000 pieces of foam from area landfills each year.
Press Release (pdf)


Lansing's Annual Capitol City River Run Goes Green

LANSING, MI (September 25, 2009) – Mason’s Dart Container is the sole provider of the annual Capitol City River Run’s foam cups, which will be collected on-site for recycling. Sunday’s race is taking its place among already established marquee marathon and half-marathon events across the U.S. in setting a new standard in reducing its environmental impact.

Dart is contributing more than 6,000 cups and collecting the cups to be recycled at its plant in Mason, where they accept used foam products for recycling at no cost to the public. Foam is ground up, converted to plastic resin pellets and sold for reuse as an ingredient in non-food service products, including picture frames or decorative moulding.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Employees from Lodi, CA plant participate in the Great American River Clean-up

Employee's of Dart's Lodi, California facility participate in the Great American River Clean-Up

CARMICHAEL, CA (September 19, 2009) – This year, in conjunction with the American River Parkway Foundation and Keep California Beautiful, Dart invited the public to drop-off their clean, bagged foam food service containers for free at the Great American River Clean-Up. Applicable items included foam cups, plates, clamshells, and shape molded foam packaging, often used to package electronics. The Dart drop-off took place on Saturday, Sept. 19 on the north side of the river at William Pond Recreation Area.
Press Release (pdf)





Dart Container Corporation Provides and Recycles Cups Used at the Modesto Midnight Half Marathon

By Chrissy Kadleck, Waste & Recycling News: August 31, 2009

MODESTO, CA (August 8, 2009) – The inaugural Modesto Midnight Half Marathon hit the ground running as a sustainable race hoping to leave a smaller footprint in the California valley.

Tony Vice, race owner and owner of Fleet Feet Sports Stockton, teamed up with sponsor Dart Container Corp., the sole provider of 6,000 recyclable foam cups for the Aug. 8 race.
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Michigan State University Incoming Students Go ‘Spartan’ Green On Move-In Day

Dart Container Corporation provides on-site collection of polystyrene packaging foam for recycling
as students move into the dorms.

LANSING, MI (August 27, 2009) – Like many campuses across the U.S., Michigan State University’s (MSU) Office of Campus Sustainability is helping the school set a new standard in reducing its environmental footprint by partnering with a local company to recycle leave-behind foam on move-in day.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Offers Foam Cup Recycling to California Small Business Operators

CALIFORNIA (June 16, 2009) – Recycla-Pak”, a foam cup recycling program for small businesses, is now available in California from Dart Container Corporation through its network of wholesalers. Recycla-Pak provides a special bin for collecting used foam cups that, once full, can be sealed and shipped back for recycling of the cups, freight prepaid.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Makes School Lunch Tray Recycling Possible in California.

STOCKTON, CA (May 28,2009)– A Stockton elementary school’s year-long effort to recycle cafeteria polystyrene lunch trays to save money and teach students and the community an important lesson about sustainability earned tributes from school officials and California lawmakers.
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Dart Container Corporation unveils its new polystyrene foam recycling drop-off site in Corona, CA.

CORONA, CA, (October 24, 2008) – This event was attended by Corona Mayor Jeff Miller, Corona City Councilmember Eugene Montanez, Keep California Beautiful President Kris McNamara, and by representatives of State Senator Jim Battin and State Assemblyman John Benoit. Dozens of local residents brought loads of polystyrene foam during the event. After Corona Mayor Jeff Miller presented Dart with a key to the City of Corona, Dart offered a tour of its collection facility that included a demonstration of its proprietary foam densifier.
Press Release (pdf)


Dart Container Unveils New Polystyrene Foam Recycling Drop-off Site.

LODI, CA (October 3, 2008) – Dart Container Corporation opened its newest post-consumer polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of The Dow Chemical Company), drop-off site at its Lodi, CA plant. This is the San Joaquin Valley’s first such facility and it accepts foam food service containers, including foam cups, foam plates, foam clamshells, and shape or molded foam packaging, often used to package electronics.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dart Container Corportaion Lodi, CA recycling drop-off site.

Ribbon Cutting from left to right: Christine Flowers Ewing (Executive Director of Keep California Beautiful), Zion (Timbron), Martha Ramirez (Lodi Plant), Ron Crookham (Lodi Plant Manager), Michael Westerfield (Dart Container Corporation), Lisa Barry (CIWMB), David Firestone (Timbron), Jennifer Cariglio (City of Tracy), George Wall (DCSC Regional Sales Manager), and Denise Warmerdam (Supervisor Ken Vogel's office).

Michael Westerfield with Denise Warmerdam

Michael Westerfield, of Dart Container
Corporation and Denise Warmerdam, representative from Supervisor Ken Vogel's office.


This event was attended by representatives of U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney and of the San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel. Christine Flowers-Ewing, Executive Director of Keep California Beautiful noted “To deal with the problem at hand; Keep California Beautiful has been encouraging communities and industry partners to find better ways to use less, recycle more, and get involved as part of a solution. By providing a regional collection point in San Joaquin County, Dart as a manufacturer of the product, is contributing to the solution.” Lisa Barry of the California Integrated Waste Management Board also acknowledged the leadership role that Dart is taking to help develop the expanded polystyrene collection infrastructure statewide and said “Dart’s public-private partnership is commendable.”

After a presentation from Frank Ferral of the Green Team San Joaquin, Dart offered a tour of its recycling facility that included a demonstration of its proprietary foam densifier. The densifier compacted a pile of foam the size of a car into a cylinder the size of a 5 gallon bucket. The event concluded with a barbeque.

This is Dart’s sixth company owned drop-off facility. Dart Container Corporation, the world’s largest maker of foam cups, is a leading manufacturer of quality single-use products for the foodservice, retail, and food packaging industries. Dart strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns. Dart has received awards and commendations from McDonald’s Corporation, the State of California Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Waste Management Board and the State of Illinois House of Representatives for this work.


Environmental Certificates of Recognition