How to recycle foam containers: Dart launches website

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

Most people in the community take out the recycling bin every week full of plastics, glass and paper products, many resources that could be recycled are in the trash can and headed for the landfill. The Dart Container Corporation, headquartered in Mason, launched a website last month to help people take some of those items out of the trash. Michael Westerfield, corporate director of recycling programs at Dart Container, says people all over the country use foam, but don’t know what to do with it when they’re done. “We’re getting calls from schools, businesses, individuals wanting to know how they can recycle foam,” Westerfield said. “We were getting so many calls that we realized we needed to make a website that addressed not only food-service containers, but all foam.”

From foam blocks used to protect TVs in packages, to polystyrene cafeteria trays, a lot of foam ends up in landfills.

Landscaping plan for Mason City Hall moves forward

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer
Despite cold temperatures and snow covered land, the City Council continued discussion last heard at the Dec. 16 meeting regarding City Hall landscaping. In the past, a major complaint according to councilman Marlon Brown was that the grass was too high outside of City Hall. “When I went around and talked to people when I ran for election in 2012, one of the things I heard about was ‘What are you guys going to do about that grass in front of City Hall?’” Brown said. Besides problems with the grass, the City Council is taking steps forward to make the city hall a little more colorful.