JANUARY 2012

Mid-Atlantic municipalities partner with Dart Container

A growing number of entities throughout the Mid-Atlantic are working to increase foam recycling services to their residents and businesses.

These entities are partnering with Dart Container Corporation, a manufacturer of foam #6 foodservice products, on a free program to collect clean postconsumer foam from designated drop-off sites. Local residents, businesses and organizations can recycle their used foam products, including cups, plates, egg cartons, foodservice trays and foam protective packaging typically used to protect consumer goods and electronics.

Since July of this year, Dart has initiated these recycling programs with several entities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including the state of Delaware, the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore, Carroll County, Maryland, and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which includes the City of Harrisburg.

Dart provides the collection and transport of materials at no charge to these partners, helping eliminate any increased costs associated with this recycling expansion. This also allows many businesses to reduce expenses by saving on waste disposal, helping bolster local economies while reducing landfill use.

Once collected, Dart transports the material to its nearby manufacturing facility for processing. Once processed, the material is sold to other manufacturers that use it to create a variety of new products, including premium picture frames, crown molding and nursery plant containers.

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. As a responsible manufacturer, Dart accepts a variety of clean foam products, even those that the company doesn’t produce.