Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

New Program Targets Plastic Bottles In Yellowstone

May 13, 2011, 8:45 am

A national textile company has partnered with Yellowstone National Park to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being sent to landfills. The approach: turn plastic into other everyday products. The company, Universal Textile Technologies, released the following information about the partnership:

At Yellowstone National Park, another sight that's as predictable as the park's famous Old Faithful Geyser are recycling bins stuffed with food wrappers, plastic bottles, and other items generated by the park's three and a half million annual visitors. In recent years, Yellowstone Park has been the leader in recycling innovation with programs that have significantly reduced the park’s dependency on area landfills. A new and unique recycling partnership, forged with Universal Textile Technologies, Four Corners Recycling, CPE, Inc and the United Soybean Board (USB), will reduce and ensure the reuse of the amount of plastic bottles that go into landfills, create and protect jobs for the American workforce and help Yellowstone National Park meet its recycling goals.

Universal Textile has committed to purchase the recyclable plastic bottles Yellowstone collects each year and convert them into a non-woven fleece material that is used to manufacture high-performance backing for carpet and select synthetic turf products. This process will promote the reuse of discarded plastic bottles, while demonstrating the unlimited potential organizations can realize when they work towards a common goal. The Georgia Tech Research Institute has provided third-party verification for this innovative project. USB helped forge the partnership through its longstanding relationships with both Universal and Yellowstone National Park. Universal is a leader in the use of soy to reduce the petroleum content in its backing. Yellowstone is a nationally recognized trailblazer in the use of biobased products as well as recycling.