Free public foam recycling drop-off facility arrives in Ellis County
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – Foam recycling has arrived in Ellis County. Braving the history making winter weather, Dart Container of Texas unveiled its latest post-consumer foam collection site Thursday, Feb. 11 in Waxahachie.
Headquartered in Michigan, Dart was first established back in 1937 with a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country while striving to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns.
Dart’s Waxahachie foam collection site is one of the state’s first public sites to accept foam food service containers, including foam cups, plates, take-out containers, egg cartons, as well as shaped or molded foam often used to package electronics.
"We are pleased to see that Dart Container is recycling foam here in Texas," said Deputy District Director Dub Maines for Congressman Joe Barton.
"The company is to be commended for providing this much-needed service."
Dart’s 12th drop-off location in the country will divert foam from area landfills and allow it to be recycled into new products such as picture frames and moldings.
The southwestern United States is one of a growing number of regions to be equipped with a foam recycling infrastructure.
"We hope residents and businesses in the area utilize this free benefit and recycle foam materials that they would otherwise throw away," said Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart Container Corporation Michael Westerfield.
Once foam is dropped off at Dart, it is then compacted and shipped to a company that will use it as feedstock to make new materials. To be accepted for recycling, the foam must bear the "6" symbol with chasing arrows ().
Dart is driving recycling efforts from its manufacturing facilities to workplaces, warehouse recycling centers and consumers homes in curbside recycling efforts across the country.
Often improperly called "Styrofoam," a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, Darts products are recyclable and reusable.
Recycled foam food service products can be reprocessed into building insulation, plastic lumber, and many other products. Foam products generate less waste in their production than paper alternatives, are stable and safe in landfills and burn cleanly in modern municipal energy-from-waste facilities.
Foam can be recycled by:
· Rinsing cups and containers to rid them of food.
· Placing foam in a clear plastic bag.
· No straws or lids.
· No foam insulation
· No packaging peanuts (call 800-828-2214 or go to http://www.loosefillpackaging.com for sites).