USA - New Grant Program to Protect Marine & Inland Waterways
Dart Container Corporation partners with UltraTech to provide grants to marinas, local governments
Marinas and local governments across the US and Canada can stop litter from entering coastal and inland waterways and reduce marine debris thanks to a new grant program sponsored by Dart Container Corporation and UltraTech International, Inc. Dart will provide up to $100,000 in grants for the purchase and installation of UltraTech's patented Ultra-Drain Guard stormwater management products, which prevent litter, oil and sediment from entering waterways via storm drains.
Dart, one of the world's largest food & beverage packaging manufacturers, partnered with UltraTech as part of their sustainability commitments after a pilot project with Ultra-Guard catch basin devices successfully collected an estimated 1,250 lbs. of litter and other contaminants in Southern California.
"Approximately 80 percent of stormwater drains go directly into a body of water without treatment," explained Michael Westerfield, Dart's Director of Recycling. "We were impressed with the success of UltraTech's Drain Guards in stopping litter from entering waterways that we joined forces to help communities that might not have the resources to purchase and install the devices."
As a manufacturer that accepts responsibility for the environmental impacts of our products, Dart has a decades-long record of innovating and investing in sustainability practices that are practical and results-focused to reduce landfill waste, marine debris and litter.