A new partnership forged by Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft between Clear Channel Outdoor, Clear Channel Radio and Dart Container Corporation is encouraging city residents to recycle their polystyrene foam waste this holiday season. Many foodservice take-out containers and packaging materials are made out of polystyrene foam, often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. This program is meant to promote the efforts of keeping foodservice containers and holiday packaging waste off of Baltimore streets this holiday season.
The campaign will be promoted through advertising space on 40 billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor, as well as radio spots on Heaven 600, a Clear Channel Station. Councilman Kraft comments that, “Dart started this pilot program with us a year ago but very few knew about it. With the help of Clear Channel Outdoor we are able to spread the word about Styrofoam® recycling far and wide during a time when it is in almost everyone’s home – the holiday season. Clear Channel Outdoor and Dart are exemplary public citizens.”
When members of the Baltimore community drop off their foam waste at the City’s Citizen’s Convenience Center, located at 2840 Sisson Street, they can expect it to be recycled responsibly. This is accomplished by Dart collecting and processing the foam, and then selling it to other manufacturers who in turn use it make new products. Items such as picture frames, crown molding and nursery plant containers can be made from the processed material. Dart provides the container and transport of all materials free of charge to the city, eliminating the costs associated with deploying the recycling program.
This example from Baltimore is just one of many in the effort to move forward with implementing more foam recycling programs. Dart has put specific programs in place to continually promote the importance of polystyrene recycling to consumers. The CARE (Cups Are REcyclable) and Recycla-Pak programs make it easy for any company or organization to recycle single-use foam cups. The CARE program provides users with a densifying device to compress foam waste, which is then collected by participating manufacturers.