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NGI Going Green with Yellowstone

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.

Now a new recycling partnership has been forged with Yellowstone National Park. This new partnership creates and protects jobs for the American workforce, reduces the amount of plastic bottles that go into landfills, and helps Yellowstone National Park meet its recycling goals. The recyclable plastic bottles Yellowstone collects each year are now being purchased and converted into a non-woven fleece material used to manufacture the backing for NGI Sports surfaces such as the Nova’ProBounce and Nova’ProAdvantage tennis court systems as well as the NovaBocce surfacing system. The Georgia Tech Research Institute has provided third-party verification for this innovative project.

Yellowstone is a nationally recognized trailblazer in the use of bio-based products as well as recycling. Like many recyclable materials collected in America, most plastics collected in Yellowstone had previously been sold overseas. There they were used to produce plastic products that were later sold in the U.S. “Yellowstone was created as the world’s first national park in 1872,”said Jim Evanoff, an innovative and nationally recognized speaker on the Yellowstone Eco-System, and an Environmental Protection Specialist with Yellowstone National Park. “We have an obligation to set the example for promoting sound environmental stewardship practices that will serve as a model for future generations. This new partnership not only diverts plastics from landfills, it dramatically decreases the fuel and other resources used to transport materials around the planet.” It also provides numerous additional benefits related to green technology and sustainability.

All of NGI Sports surfacing system backings incorporate Celceram™, a highly refined material recovered from coal combustion in electric utility power plants. These surfaces also assist in LEED® certification.

NGI Sports urges you to recycle your plastic. On average, only 3-4 bottles out of 10 are recycled in America today. Our objective is to increase the number of bottles recycled. We believe this amazing program will increase awareness of the many opportunities for Americans to participate. These benefits will be shared by everyone for generations to come.

For Further Info: Contact Rick Burke, 1-423-499-5546, burke@ngisports.com

 

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