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 cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic are working to accomplish this by providing foam recycling services to its residents for materials like foam cups, foam plates, foam egg cartons, foam foodservice trays and foam protective packaging typically used to protect consumer goods and electronics.
These cities are partnering with Dart Container Corporation on a program to collect post consumer foam from designated drop-off sites. Local residents, businesses and organizations can bring their used foam products, to these sites where it will be collected and transported to Dart’s nearby manufacturing facilities 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. Since July of 2011, Dart has initiated these recycling programs with several municipalities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including the state of Delaware, the cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the counties of Dauphin (PA), Carroll (MD) and Howard (MD).
“We’re making recycling these commonly used products as simple and convenient as possible,” said Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste. “There is a need for this kind of recycling program, and we’re proud to be one of the first collection sites in the state to offer it.”
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. As a responsible manufacturer, Dart is working to help collect a variety of foam products, even those that the company doesn’t produce. Through this and other programs nationally, the company is helping to raise awareness of the recyclability of foam.
City of Baltimore Public Works Director Foxx said, “This initiative points to a continual commitment on our part to look for ways to meet the needs of our residents. They are looking for more ways to be environmentally sensitive and we need to offer those options to them.
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.
Dart is making a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country.