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Dart Opens Free Foam Recycling Center

foam food containersDart Container Corporation is opening an expanded polystyrene foam recycling drop-off center in Dallas, Plastics News reports.

Dart’s new facility is one of more than 85 such recycling drop-offs the company has built in the US. It’s located at 4444 West Ledbetter Drive, and is open to businesses, organizations and residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dart has also been advocating for EPS recycling in New York City, which had banned foam foodservice items before the the New York State Supreme Court overturned the foam ban, saying that EPS is recyclable and calling the ban “arbitrary and capricious.”

Dart conducted tests that proved foam foodservice items could be economically and logistically recycled within the city’s five boroughs and has offered to recycle the city’s #6 rigid plastics, which are currently dumped into landfills.

The company says recycling foam will save the city hundreds of jobs and bring in millions of dollars in savings.

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One thought on “Dart Opens Free Foam Recycling Center

  1. It’s a drop off center, so the burden is still on the consumer to collect the polystyrene and transport it to the recycling location.
    This will only work on a large scale if waste haulers have a cost-effective, easy & efficient way to collect the material & recycle it on a large scale. Will the drop-off center accept polystyrene contaminated with food? If not, this means nothing. Unlike paper and plastic, you can’t effectively rinse or clean polystyrene once it has food on it.

    Now Dart can say, “See? You can recycle polystyrene!” but it’s still not practical or easy or affordable, especially if the polystyrene has to be clean.

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