Plastics Make it Possible® Supports Sustainability Initiative at the Annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

Plastics Make it Possible® Helps Improve Recycling Stations and Educate Volunteer Staff as Part of FOOD & WINE’s Classic Greening Effor

WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2011) – This year, Plastics Make it Possible®, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, has become a partner of the Greening Effort at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen – a program designed to reduce the environmental impact of the annual event through recycling, composting and proper disposal of non-recycled materials.

Through its support of the Classic Greening Effort, Plastics Make it Possible® will contribute 18 new upgraded recycling stations for use throughout the event so that attendees have a convenient and easy way to recycle packaging and foodservice items. Each station will be staffed by trained Green Team volunteers, who will assist and educate attendees on how to properly recycle or dispose of a variety of materials, including food waste and non-recycled items.

“We are proud to support recycling and sustainability efforts at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “Educating Americans about the importance of plastics recycling is a primary focus for the Plastics Make it Possible® campaign, and partnering with FOOD & WINE to support their Greening Effort at the Classic allows us to highlight the critical roles plastics and recycling play in helping everyone live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Many common plastics are readily recycled and can go on to lead a second life as t-shirts, garden furniture, cutting boards or countless other useful items.”

In addition to providing new recycling stations for the event, Plastics Make it Possible®’s support of the Classic Greening Effort has enabled event organizers to introduce two new Green Team crew chiefs to the program. The crew chiefs will train Green Team volunteers, manage all Classic Greening Effort activities and help improve the overall sustainability program at the 29th annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

Plastics Make it Possible® is providing critical resources that will help expand and improve this tremendous sustainability initiative at the Classic,” said Jay Meyer, vice president and associate publisher for FOOD & WINE. “Plastics Make it Possible®’s participation in the program will contribute to overall operational costs and facilitate upgrades that will help further our efforts to have an environmentally responsible event, while enhancing the attendee experience.”

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