Polystyrene food container manufacturer Dart Products has opened its first polystyrene collection centre, servicing the West Midlands.
Available for free to local firms, residents and organisations, the centre is also one of the first in the UK to accept polystyrene used in food containers alongside foam used to protect goods in transportation.
Few local authorities in the UK actively collect polystyrene, so Dart hopes the new site will pioneer polystyrene recycling in the region.
Once the foam is dropped off, Dart sends it to reprocessor Alwin for recycling. This is then sold on as a raw material for making garden furniture, building insulation, office desk products or more protective foam packaging.
Dart Products environmental affairs director Phil Pearson said: “Polystyrene foam is an excellent packaging material and disposing of it in a landfill should be a last resort if possible. Businesses often have to pay to dispose of the bulk amounts of foam packaging they receive.
“The new collection site is a welcome extension to Dart’s continuous efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of foam recycling. Dart’s commitment to encouraging polystyrene foam recycling is important and timely as we celebrated Recycling Week last week.”