Checkoff Helps Bring Benefits of Soy Products to Yellowstone

Checkoff Helps Bring Benefits of Soy Products to Yellowstone

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm

ST. LOUIS (March 30, 2011) – At Yellowstone National Park, another sight as predictable as the park’s famous Old Faithful Geyser is stuffed recycling bins generated by the park’s 3 million annual visitors. America’s first national park has led the way in innovative recycling programs, decreasing Yellowstone’s reliance on landfills. A new and unique recycling partnership, forged with Universal Textile Technologies (UTT), Four Corners Recycling, CPE Inc. and the United Soybean Board (USB), will reduce and ensure the reuse of plastic bottles that go into landfills, protecting American jobs and helping Yellowstone National Park meet its recycling goals.  

USB helped forge the partnership through its long-standing relationships with both UTT and Yellowstone National Park. UTT serves as a leader in the use of soy to reduce the petrochemical content in its backing of carpet and synthetic turf. Yellowstone represents one of the first national parks to use biodiesel and is a nationally recognized trailblazer in the use of other biobased products as well as recycling.

“I think anytime a company endorses a product like U.S. soybeans, it sets a good example and in a place like Yellowstone, a lot of other organizations will take notice,” says Bob Haselwood, Kansas farmer and chair of the USB’s program to develop new uses for U.S. soy. “Each new soy product means new demand for domestically-grown soybeans.”

Previously, tons of plastic bottles from Yellowstone had been sent overseas, where they were used to produce plastic products then later sold in the United States. “This new partnership not only diverts plastics from landfills, it also protects and creates U.S. jobs and dramatically decreases the fuel and other resources used to transport materials around the planet,” says Jim Evanoff, Yellowstone environmental protection specialist and nationally recognized speaker on the Yellowstone Eco-System.

UTT incorporates the use of recycled bottles to manufacture BioCel™ and EnviroCel™ environmentally friendly polyurethane backing systems for carpet and synthetic turf. Both BioCel and EnviroCel utilize recycled plastic bottles combined with naturally renewable soybean-based polyols, derived from U.S. soybeans.

“We are told on average three or four bottles out of 10 are recycled in America today. Our objective is to increase the number of bottles recycled,” says Doug Giles, director of marketing for UTT. “We believe this amazing program will increase awareness of the many opportunities for Americans to participate. We ask you to recycle your plastic. By doing so, you will help our great country, additionally creating jobs and growing our economy. We are excited to be a part of Project Yellowstone and its stand on the environment.”

USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.

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Posted 3.30.11

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