Recycling Vending Machine Exchanges Plastic Bottle for T-shirt Made with Recycled Plastics at Denver’s Coors Field

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2014)—To encourage people to recycle more plastics, Plastics Make it Possible® is bringing its unique “recycling” vending machine to Coors Field in Denver, Colo. for today’s baseball game. Fans can deposit a plastic beverage bottle into the vending machine for recycling in exchange for a free special-edition T-shirt that uses fabric made with recycled plastics.

Plastics Make it Possible® is sponsoring this event and promoting recycling at the stadium to underscore just how easy it is for people to give used plastics another life. Most households today have a wide range of recyclable plastics in their homes, such as beverage bottles, cottage cheese containers, condiment bottles, milk and juice jugs, and much more, that are accepted for recycling in most curbside recycling programs. When recycled, these everyday plastics become the raw material used to make a large variety of new products, such as kitchen tools, furniture, garden planters, construction materials, automotive parts, carpeting, packaging … and even clothing, such as the T-shirts dispensed from the vending machine.

“Our recycling vending machine hopefully will inspire people to recycle more plastics and to look for products made with recycled plastics” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible® initiative. “We want to make plastics recycling an American pastime—what better place to reinforce that message than at a baseball game?”

Bob Carson of the Fort-Collins-based company CBW Automation, which makes high-speed robots and automation systems for the plastics industry, will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch on behalf of Plastics Make it Possible®.

To help create the T-shirt material, used plastics are cleaned, melted, and stretched into a fine thread, which is woven into soft, comfortable fabrics. Thanks to the versatility of recycled plastics, these fabrics can be manufactured in a variety of weights and textures for a wide range of uses—from stylish dresses to rugged outdoor jackets.

Baseball fans who visit the Plastics Make it Possible® vending machine at Coors Field can enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card by posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram of themselves depositing a plastic bottle in the machine. Entrants must use the hashtag #IRecyclePlastics and tag @plasticpossible. People who aren’t at the stadium also can enter for a chance to win by posting a photo of plastics they recycle. Click here for official rules, terms and conditions.

For more information on plastics recycling, visit plasticsmakeitpossible.com.

About Plastics Make it Possible®

Plastics Make it Possible® highlights the many ways plastics inspire innovations that improve our lives, solve big problems, and help us design a safer, more promising future. This initiative is sponsored by America’s Plastics MakersTM of the American Chemistry Council. For more information, visit www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com, check out our Facebook page and follow us @plasticpossible on twitter at twitter.com/plasticpossible.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $770 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for twelve percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.