Illinois opens foam recycling facility
Foam recycling has arrived in Kane County. Dart Container
Corporation of Illinois unveiled 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.
This is 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 tenth drop-off location in the country, will divert
foam from area landfills and allow it to be recycled
into new products such as picture frames and moldings.
“We’re thrilled to open our first public drop-off in
Illinois and will continue to open new collections centers
across the country,” said Michael Westerfield. “Dart
wants to heighten public awareness that foam is recyclable.
Throwing foam away is easy, but we hope that this new
facility will provide private residents, businesses and
organizations with an equally as easy alternative to
recycle it instead of contributing to the waste stream.”
Once foam is dropped off at Dart, it is then compacted
and shipped to a company that will use it as feedstock
to make new materials. To be accepted for recycling,
the foam must bear the “6” symbol with chasing arrows.
To mark the occasion, Dart Corporation held a ribbon-cutting
ceremony outside of the new drop off facility at Dart
Container Corp. of Illinois. In attendance was United
States Congressman Bill Foster, Village of North Aurora
President Dale Berman and Trustee Mark Gaffino, Jonathan
Wood of the Board of Education in West Aurora, and Julie
DeVilbiss of Insite Managed Services.
Dart is driving recycling efforts from its manufacturing
facilities to workplaces, warehouse recycling centers
and consumers’ homes in curbside recycling efforts across
the country. Recycled foam food service products can
be reprocessed into building insulation, plastic lumber,
and many other products.
Foam products generate less waste in their production
than paper alternatives, are stable and safe in landfills,
and burn cleanly in modern municipal energy-from-waste