The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) celebrated its fifth annual green move-in recycling drive by announcing an all-time high of 485 pounds of recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS), more commonly known as foam. The foam recycling movement is made possible through a partnership between campus Student Housing and Dart Container Corporation.
The Dart partnership and recycling program are essential contributors to the university’s mission of producing zero waste by 2020. The university is committed to the life-cycle of all products used on campus, not just foam, but products like cardboard as well.
The foam (often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, a trademark of the Dow Chemical Company) collected through the recycling initiative is transferred to Dart’s Lodi, California, facility for processing, before being dispensed to manufacturers that will use the recycled foam to create crown molding and premium picture frames.
Recyclable foam varies from foam cups to foodservice containers. To identify if foam is recyclable, look for triangular chasing arrows with the number 6 typically located on the bottom of a product.
The recycled cardboard is sent to Recycling Industries in Sacramento. This year’s green move-in recycling drive collected more than 16,000 pounds of cardboard.
The foam and other recyclable products were collected between Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, with help from more than 30 UC Davis volunteers.
Additional efforts to reach the goal of zero waste include UC Davis Energy Star-rated buildings, energy efficiency thermostats, low flow/flush restroom fixtures, plentiful bike parking and two dozen water bottle filling stations.