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Jacksonville Jaguars, PureCycle partner to advance plastic recycling at TIAA Bank Field

The goal is to help stop over half a million pieces of plastic from entering the landfill or other streams.

PureCycle Technologies Inc., Orlando, Florida, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up to recycle more than 500,000 pieces of plastic waste at TIAA Bank Field. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars will implement PureCycle's PureZero waste program, a plastic waste program geared toward stadiums and entertainment venues. Part of the efforts in the first year of the partnership with the Jaguars will be focused on understanding the program's impact on the Jacksonville area.  

"PureCycle teamed up with the Jacksonville Jaguars to recycle more than 500,000 pieces of plastic waste to help end the single-use plastic cycle at TIAA Bank Field,” says Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle. “With the PureZero program, the Jacksonville Jaguars can help bring plastic waste full circle, helping stop game day plastic trash from being landfilled or flowing into our rivers and oceans."  

Polypropylene (PP) is a plastic found at stadiums across America that mostly goes unrecycled because leftover food and liquid make it difficult and costly to recycle. PureCycle will collect, recycle and remove impurities from souvenir stadium cups and food containers to create an ultra-pure recycled plastic that can be recycled repeatedly.  

"Alongside citywide facility solutions and other stadium partners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, we're eager to get the PureCycle program implemented in Jacksonville and do our part to reduce plastic waste,” says Ryan Prep, vice president of facilities for the Jaguars. “We hope our fans will join us this season by seeking out recycling containers around the stadium."  

PureCycle's partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated at more than 50 games and events. It will also help stock concessions with PP products, creating a circular recycling system and an innovative sustainability plan for the team.