Boy Scouts of America Go Green

April 04, 2012

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) go green by recycling foam cups thanks to a partnership between Dart Container Corporation, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA), and the Del-Mar-Va Council of the BSA. The recycling effort took place during the peninsula-wide Scout Jamboree at the new Akridge Scout Reservation. Participants recycled thousands of polystyrene cups and reduced the event’s overall environmental impact.

Dart donated 8,000 recyclable foam cups to the Boy Scouts Jamboree. “Dart is proud to introduce foam cup recycling to these scouts,” said Ray Ehrlich, regional manager of government affairs and the environment at Dart. “We hope this raises awareness and increases the likeliness that they will look for more recycling opportunities when they return home.”

The Del-Ma-Va Council utilized the DSWA’s existing foam recycling program with Dart. The scouts collected the recyclable foam cups on site and transferred the cups to the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) in New Castle and one of two DSWA foam collection sites.

“We’re committed to hosting greener events, reducing waste, recycling, and reusing whenever possible. We’re proud to showcase our recycling efforts to scouts and their families,” said Jason Pierce, Scout Executive/CEO of the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Foam products generally consume less energy compared to alternative products and typically generate less waste from production. Recycled foam can be used for many different products. For example, picture frames can be made from recycled polystyrene. Dart is driving recycling efforts nationwide for consumer curbside programs, manufacturing facilities, and workplaces.[i]


[i] Boy Scouts of America’s Opening of New Delaware Camp to Go Green; Press Release:$FILE/del-mar-va-boyscouts-DartPR.pdf