Over 15,000 signs will be collected and recycled in Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties diverting 10,000 pounds of plastic waste from Florida landfills and waterways.
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PureCycle Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCT) is announcing today its plans to work with the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties to collect and recycle over 15,000 political signs in Central Florida after the November 8th midterm elections. This joint effort is expected to divert up to 10,000 pounds of plastic waste from Florida landfills, waterways, and green spaces, protecting the local environment and making Florida's 2022 election cycle more sustainable.
Starting on November 9th and continuing throughout the month, volunteers from three local Florida LWV chapters will collect plastic campaign signs from Democratic and Republican Party headquarters as well as citizen drop-off sites. PureCycle will then recycle and transform the signs into a sustainable resin that can be continuously repurposed and reused.
PureCycle CEO, Dustin Olson, said, "Whichever side of the political spectrum you're on, we can all agree that removing and recycling unwanted plastic trash from our local communities is a net positive for Florida residents and for the environment. We are thrilled to be working with The League of Women Voters in Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties to keep our neighborhoods clean and waste-free post-election. With PureCycle's groundbreaking recycling technology, we can turn this year's campaign sign for a local Republican candidate into a 2024 sign for a Democratic candidate, and vice versa. It's a true bipartisan moment for our nation."
Representatives from the Orange, Seminole and Volusia County League of Women Voters added, "Plastics in our environment is almost always bad news. Not this time. This project gives us all a real, tangible way to help clean up the mess. Drop your signs off at a collection site and the League of Women Voters will take it from there. We're thrilled to be working with our government partners and PureCycle to make it happen!"
Most political signs are made from No. 5 plastic (polypropylene), a common plastic found in hundreds of household and commercial products. Most polypropylene goes unrecycled due to the difficulty and cost of the process. PureCycle is the world's only company that has proprietary technology to separate contaminants, odors, and colors from polypropylene plastic waste - like election signs - and transform it into an ultra-pure recycled (UPR) resin that can be reused multiple times.
With the help of local LWV chapters, signs will be collected in Volusia County at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on November 20 and 21, in Seminole County through November 20, and in Orange County at various drop-off locations through November 20. Candidates and campaign volunteers are encouraged to bring signs to their respective locations. From these locations, the signs will be shipped to a recycling center for baling and then to PureCycle's Ironton facility for processing and purification.
About PureCycle Technologies
PureCycle Technologies LLC., a subsidiary of PureCycle Technologies, Inc., holds a global license for the only patented solvent-driven purification recycling technology, developed by The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), that is designed to transform polypropylene plastic waste (designated as No. 5 plastic) into a continuously renewable resource. The unique purification process is designed to remove color, odor, and other impurities from No. 5 plastic waste resulting in an ultra-pure recycled (UPR) plastic that can be recycled and reused over and over again, changing our relationship with plastic. www.purecycle.com
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