Foodservice packaging manufacturer Dart Container has launched a new initiative to use its branded foodservice packaging within a new recycling scheme.

Dubbed the Next Life Take Back Program, the initiative is claimed to be the first of its kind in the packaging industry.  

The move will enable the company’s customers in the US to ship their used Dart foodservice packaging to a relevant recycler.

Customers will first clean the used Dart packaging and ensure that it is made from either paper, polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene or expanded polystyrene.

They will then be required to upload proof of purchase, include the measurements of the box to be sent off, and buy a discounted UPS shipping label based on the type of material at

The recycled items can be sent off from any UPS shipping site.

Dart’s Next Life Take Back Program manager Libby Rice said: “Dart has a long history of providing unique ways to effectively recover and recycle our products.

“The Next Life Take Back Program is another way we’re honouring our sustainability commitments. It helps our customers with limited recycling options ensure the foodservice packaging they use moves to its next life.

“Dart’s First Use to Next Life focus is all about supporting litter reduction efforts and boosting access to recycling. We look for this programme to inspire others in the industry to offer similar options.”

Headquartered in Mason, Michigan, Dart provides to-go containers, dinnerware, tamper-evident food packaging and even the classic red Solo cup.

The family-owned and family-focused company operates a network of 30 locations in four countries and has a workforce of 13,000 people.