Dart’s Innovative Styrofoam Recycling Program
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Eco-conscious restaurant owners are
reluctant to use products that end up in a landfill after a quick trip from
kitchen to table; particularly if those same products don’t break down over
time and will still be in near-perfect condition a thousand years later.
Cost and function are equally—if not
more—important considerations for any business owner, which is why despite
being vilified as eternal landfill flotsam, many restaurants still use
Styrofoam for it’s low price and excellent insulating properties. But there’s
good news that could assuage any green guilt the environmentally minded
restaurateur might harbor.
Styrofoam is recyclable.
One aspect of the Dart CARE program
(which stands for “Cups Are REcyclable”) is to get the word out about the
recyclability of Styrofoam products. Another is to help large operators using
foam food service product separate the foam from other products, consolidate
the collected material and arrange to have it recycled. The recycled Styrofoam
can be turned into insulation, plastic lumber and many other products.
To do this, DART provides CARE participants with foam collection devices
and educational posters, brochures and table toppers to let customers know
about the program and its benefits.
Styrofoam typically requires about one
third less energy to produce than a similar coated paper cup with a corrugated
paper sleeve. It also produces less than half the waste by weight of a paper
cup. Because of the superior insulating properties, foam cups don’t require
"double cupping," or use of a corrugated cup sleeve. Additionally,
Dart doesn’t use CFCs, which are particularly harmful to the environment, in
the manufacturing of their products.
The CARE program is just one of a number of green solutions by Dart, a
company committed to doing all they can for the environment while still
bringing you high quality, affordable products.
Contact Dart representatives to find
out more about the Dart CARE program.
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