WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 1 in Philadelphia, Plastics Make it Possible® will launch a three-week recycling tour at the Penn State v. Brown homecoming game, under the theme "Don't Be Trashy. Recycle." The tour celebrates America Recycles Day on November 15 and highlights opportunities to recycle more everyday plastics.
The Plastics Make it Possible® "Recycling RV" will make stops in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, and Baltimore, MD. At each stop, visitors to the RV can play recycling games, create quirky sharable photos, get a behind-the-scenes look at how recycling works, see examples of unexpected products made with recycled plastics—and even enter for a chance to win one of three 16GB iPad AirTM mobile digital devices*. Each visitor to the Recycling RV also will receive a T-shirt made with recycled plastics while supplies last.
"Most people know it's important to recycle everyday plastics, but many have questions about which plastics to toss into the recycling bin—and then what happens to them," said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible® initiative. "The Recycling RV is a fun, interactive way to help people better understand the central role they play in the recycling loop."
The tour and Recycling RV are designed to inspire people to recycle more plastics by demonstrating the recycling process. For example, the interactive RV includes hands-on demonstrations and displays that illustrate key steps involved in one example of recycling plastic bottles and caps:
Grinding bottles and caps into small flakes;
Using a float-sink tank to separate specific plastics. Plastic flakes are submerged in water to separate them for recycling – due to different densities, the bottle flakes sink to the bottom while the cap flakes float to the top;
Heating plastic flakes and forming them into long, thin strands that are cooled and chopped into small pellets;
Using pellets to make a wide variety of cool and innovative new products: clothing, furniture, vehicle parts, packaging, and more.
People can follow the tour and find out where the Plastics Make it Possible®RV is stopping on Facebook and Twitter.
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 $812 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.