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Dart Container hosts Inland Empire Legislative Caucus

Bipartisan leadership of the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus, Assemblymembers Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills), Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) and Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) office, toured Dart Container Corporation in California, which provides recycling of foam products.

During the tour, legislators saw firsthand the Inland Empire’s recycling program that is not only reducing waste in the landfill but is creating new manufacturing jobs at NEPCO, which produces items from the recycled foam. Members saw how foam is recycled, densified and then delivered to NEPCO, where the foam is recycled into household items.

The Inland Empire has many innovative programs that are recycling foam and reusing foam to make new products. In conjunction with P&R Paper Supply, the Riverside Unified School District has 28 elementary schools participating in a foam lunch tray recycling program. The district is currently recycling more than 1.3 million foam lunch trays a year and they’re reducing their waste by almost 50 percent, which has allowed for a reduction in trash pick-ups per week. Once a week, the foam lunch trays are picked up at the District from P&R Paper Supply, delivered to Dart Container for the recycling process and then shipped to NEPCO to be turned into beautiful products.

Due to the pioneering nature of another local company, Burrtec Waste Industries, more than 67 communities throughout California now include foam in their list of accepted items for curbside recycling, including many in the Inland Empire.