Q:  How can I buy Dart foodservice products?
A:  Dart foodservice products are generally sold through a distribution network. If you are in the distribution business and are interested in becoming a distributor of the Dart line, or if you are NOT in the distribution business and would like the name and phone number of a Dart distributor in your area, contact our Administrative Offices. This phone number can be found on our Contact page. If you are a current Dart distributor, use our Place Order form.
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Q:  How can I buy Dart retail products?
A:  Dart retail/consumer products are sold through retailers nationwide. If you are a consumer and would like to locate a Dart retailer near you, or if you are a retailer and would like information regarding our qualifying minimums, contact our Administrative Offices at the phone number listed on our Contact Us page or go to our Information Request form.
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Q:  What do you mean when you refer to a Dart "direct-sale customer"?
A:  A Dart direct sale-customer is one whom Dart directly invoices for product shipments. Dart direct-sale customers are typically distributors or retailers. We do not sell Dart products directly to store or restaurant operators nor directly to the public. Those who receive Dart products indirectly through a distributor or other source are not considered Dart direct-sale customers and are not eligible to register for online account access or web ordering.
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Q:  How can I find a Dart distributor in my area?
A:  For the name and phone number of a Dart distributor in your area, contact our Administrative Offices at the phone number listed on our Contact Us page or go to our Request form.
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Q:  Can I place an order through your website?
A:  Yes, but only current Dart distributors can place orders through our web site. To place an order go to our Place Order form.
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Q:  Do you take credit card orders on your website?
A:  No. We only accept orders from authorized Dart distributors or retailers and require a valid purchase order number in those instances.
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Q:  What is polystyrene?
A:  Polystyrene (PS) is a versatile plastic that can be rigid or foamed. General purpose polystyrene is clear, hard and brittle. It has a relatively low melting point. Typical applications include protective packaging, containers, lids, cups, bottles and trays.
Source: American Plastics Council - www.americanplasticscouncil.org
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Q:  What is polypropylene?
A:  Polypropylene (PP) is a plastic with good chemical resistance, is strong, and has a high melting point making it good for hot-fill liquids. Polypropylene is found in flexible and rigid packaging to fibers and large molded parts for automotive and consumer products.
Source: American Plastics Council - www.americanplasticscouncil.org
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Q:  What is PET?
A:  Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) is a clear, tough plastic with good gas and moisture barrier properties. Commonly used in soft drink bottles and many injection molded consumer product containers. Other applications include strapping and both food and non-food containers. Cleaned, recycled PET flakes and pellets are in great demand for spinning fiber for carpet yarns, producing fiberfill and geo-textiles.
Source: American Plastics Council - www.americanplasticscouncil.org
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Q:  What is the environmental impact of your products?
A:  Extensive information about the environmental impact of our products can be found in the Environment section of this site.
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Q:  What is Dart doing to reduce its carbon footprint?
A:  To learn about what Dart is doing to be a responsible steward of our environment go to our Green Care page.
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Q:  What temperatures will your products withstand?
A:  Our products will generally withstand a wide range of termperatures, but this can be influenced by the presence of fats, sugar, and other ingredients in food and beverages. We would be happy to send you samples of the products you are interested in so that you may try them to see if they meet the requirements of your specific application. To order product samples go to our Request form.
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Q:  Can I freeze food in your containers?
A:  While suitable for many applications, the compatibility of Dart products varies depending on the type of food being frozen. We would be happy to send you samples of the products you are interested in so that you may try them to see if they meet the requirements of your specific application. To order product samples go to our Request form.
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Q:  Can your products be used in a microwave oven?
A:  Proper use of Dart polystyrene plastic cups or containers in a microwave oven is fine, as long as they are not overheated. The performance of Dart products in a microwave, however, may vary depending upon the type of food being heated, the length of heating time, and the intensity of the microwave oven.

Typically, microwaves act to heat the water within a food or beverage. This heat is then transferred to the entire food or beverage contents. Since polystyrene cups or containers themselves do not contain water within their molecular structure, they are unaffected by the microwaves. If the container's temperature changes, it is only because of the increasing heat of the liquid or solid they contain. Be aware that food with a high sugar or fat content (or both) can raise the boiling temperature to over the normal 212 degrees Fahrenheit. If cooked or heated too long, some foods can soften the container, leading to a mess in the microwave oven and danger of burns from hot food or liquid. Periodic checking on food or beverages during the reheating process is recommended to prevent damage to the container.

We would be happy to send you samples of the products you are interested in so that you can try them in your specific application. To order samples go to our Request form. For more information on how microwaves work go to Health & Safety: Microwaving.
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Q:  Can I buy cups printed with my name and/or logo?
A:  Yes – with some minimum volume requirements. Most sizes of Dart cups and containers can be custom printed in up to four spot colors. If you are interested in custom printing, Contact Us. Our local Sales Representative can arrange for you to source custom printed Dart cups and/or containers from your local Dart distributor. We also offer stock printed cups. Ask your Dart Sales Representative or distributor for details.
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Q:  How can I apply for a job at Dart?
A:  You can apply for job openings on the Dart team through the Jobs & Careers section of this website.
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Q:  Do your products contain latex?
A:  Dart Container Corporation does not make any products containing latex (Natural Rubber Latex, or NRL), nor is latex used in any of our manufacturing processes. Our manufacturing procedures prohibit the use of latex gloves in our plants.
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