Dart Container Opens 24/7 Foam Recycling Facility in Dallas

Dart Container Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers, has opened a foam recycling plant in Dallas County, Texas. The facility, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will serve the Dallas community completely free of charge. The drop-off center, located at 4444 W. Ledbetter Drive, will accept foam labeled with a No. 6 chasing arrow symbol from not only Dallas residents, but local businesses and organizations as well.

Foam No. 6’s excellent insulating properties in conjunction with its low cost make it the ideal packaging material for restaurants, product manufacturers, and the food industry, among others. Polystyrene foam is a material that is a part of our everyday lives as it is frequently used for take-out containers, product packaging, and shipping. Additional foam #6 products that will be accepted by the recycling facility include:

  • Cups
  • Egg cartons
  • Ice chests
  • Meat trays

This drop-off site is Dart Container’s second in Texas, with the other being located in Waxahachie in neighboring Ellis County. The two Texas drop-offs are among the more than 85 that Dart has in North America. “We hope that this new and free recycling drop-off facility will encourage Dallas residents to recycle foam materials they may otherwise throw away,” says Michael Westerfield of Dart Container.

Many consumers that believe that polystyrene cannot be recycled are surprised to learn that it actually can be because #6 foam is a thermoplastic. The creation of drop-off centers is critical to raising awareness and changing public perception regarding the recyclability of foam #6.

In order to utilize the drop-off center, users must ensure the following:

  • The material has a No. 6 chasing arrows symbol
  • The foam is deposited in a plastic bag (clear or translucent)
  • Food packaging materials have been thoroughly cleaned prior to being dropped off
  • Non-foam materials must be removed (ex. Plastic straws and lids being removed from foam cups)
  • Packaging peanuts are not among the materials that are accepted for recycling

Upon collection, the foam is sent to Dart Container’s wash and dry facilities for decontamination. Ultimately, the material is sent to manufacturers, where it is recycled into a number of products that include but are not limited to picture frames, baseboards, and crown molding.

Foam Recycling