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The Numbers Are In: Aggies Recycled Nearly 10, 3 Yard Dumpsters of Foam Packaging at UC Davis’ Green Move-In Recycling Drive

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Students collected the foam during the new school year move-in event – the foam will be made into new, everyday products at a nearby recycling facility


LODI, Calif. (October 15, 2019) – New and returning students at the University of California, Davis, participate in a number of annual traditions at the start of each school year, including a foam packaging recycling drive conducted by the university in partnership with Dart Container Corporation. During this year’s annual recycling drive, over 250 pounds of foam was collected from students.


“When thousands of students move into their residence halls, they have a lot of packaging material to discard,” said Skylar Johnson, Sustainability Specialist for UC Davis Student Housing and Dining Services. “The recycling drive moves us closer to achieving the University’s zero-waste goals and contributing to a healthier environment for the UC Davis community. We take pride in educating our students about how to be environmentally responsible through avenues such as recycling. We were thrilled to see students enthusiastically participating in this annual program.”


The foam collected from the move-in recycling program was transferred to Dart’s Lodi facility, where it was processed and is now being circulated to manufacturers to create new items.


“We are proud to partner with UC Davis and their students to fulfill their zero-waste efforts and raise awareness of recycling and reducing local landfill waste,” said Michael Westerfield, Director of Recycling with Dart Container. “It is a great opportunity to make an exciting experience, such as moving into university, one that promotes environmental responsibility and creates new products from the waste generated during the move-in process. We are excited to continue to work with UC Davis and their students for this annual event.”


All recyclable foam can be identified by a triangular-chasing-arrows stamp with a #6 in the center. Products with these stamps can range from foam cups, food service containers and meat trays to the large molded blocks used to package fragile items.


The foam was picked up from UC Davis by Dart on September 24 after a team of UC Davis recycling volunteers and students assisted with collection. UC Davis and its Student Housing office are committed to sustainability in construction, operations and resident education. UC Davis is the greenest university in the United States, according to the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.


For area residents interested recycling, local drop-off for recyclables including foam can be found by searching “foam” at http://search.earth911.com. For more information about Dart’s commitment with other schools, companies and municipalities, please go to http://www.dart.biz/recycleca. For more examples of UC Davis leadership in sustainability, see: https://www.ucdavis.edu/about/sustainability/.


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Kim Ericksen             

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About Dart Container Corporation

Established in 1937, Dart Container Corporation sets the industry standard of excellence by providing high quality, recyclable, affordable and safe foodservice products and packaging, exceptionally reliable service and responsible environmental practices.  Dart is making a concerted effort to increase foam recycling opportunities throughout the country and strives to produce high-quality, cost-effective products in a manner sensitive to environmental concerns.  Dart is headquartered in Mason, Mich.  For more information, visit www.dart.biz.

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