The community of Watertown, Wisconsin has decided to expand its current recycling program to tackle the issue of construction debris in its growing town. Residents and local organizations in the area are encouraged to drop off their waste at their local recycling establishment, regardless of whether it’s personal or business related. Targeted specifically in this effort is polystyrene foam, which makes up many forms of take-out containers and single-use plates. These foam products are often referred to as Styrofoam®, which is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company.
City officials of Watertown are doing their best to encourage recycling by making this action as easy as possible for residents. The recycling drop-off location for the community is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Watertown Street Department Superintendent Rick Schultz comments that he “wants residents to be able to drop off materials at any time because oftentimes people work on projects over the weekend or after they are done with work.” Keeping the recycling drop-off location open at all times will ensure residents are able to responsibly recycle their waste whenever needed.
Superintendent Schultz also hopes that the recycling center always being available encourages residents to recycle as many different types of items as possible, including polystyrene foam plates and containers. These single-use foodservice items should be rinsed off prior to being turned in, but other than that there are no restrictions on recycling polystyrene foam products in the Watertown community. This will ensure that residents will be able to enjoy the ease of use that comes with polystyrene products, while still making sure it is being responsibly disposed of.
Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation is another institution encouraging individuals and businesses to recycle foam products, and has launched several programs which do just that. The CARE (Cups Are REcyclable) and Recycla-Pak programs, for example, specifically promote the recycling of single-use foam cups. Dart’s CARE program provides users with a device to compress foam waste to a fraction of its original size, which is then purchased by manufacturers for use in the production of new items.
Source: Watertown Daily Times