Dart Container Corporation, to achieve their goal of encouraging consumers to recycle foam, has opened its latest free foam recycling center in Dallas, Texas. The center opened December 15, at 4444 West Ledbetter Drive, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Dallas drop-off site accepts a wide variety of recyclable foam, such as cups, egg cartons, meat trays and packaging used to protect electronics during shipping, as long as they are labeled with the No. 6 chasing arrows symbol.
The hope for this new facility is to encourage residents of Dallas to recycle foam materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfill, explained Michael Westerfield, an employee at Dart Container. The opening of the Dallas center is the 85th foam drop-off center in North America.
To participate in this program, individuals should make sure their foam product has the No. 6 chasing arrows symbol, rinse any foodservice containers free of food, deposit the foam in a clear translucent bag, and remove straws, lids, tape and any other non-foam material.
Dart Container proved foam foodservice packaging items are both economically beneficial and recyclable. They have developed many recycling programs for foam containers including CARE, Cups Are REcyclable, which provides larger users of foam with integrated methods of recycling. Recyla-Pak is a mail-back program where consumers can mail their foam products to Dart Container so they can be recycled at Dart facilities. Additionally, Dart has opened 15 facilities in major cities across the United States, like the one in Dallas, to help consumers recycle foam.