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Plastics recycling app

I thought readers might enjoy learning about a new app available for smart phones like the iPhone; it’s a game that increases awareness about recycling, and might be a good app to share with various people, especially school-age kids.
Here’s the release:
Plastics Recycling? There’s an App for That
Plastics Make it Possible® Launches the “Bin It!” App That Aims to Make Plastics Recycling an Obsession
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 14, 2011) – A new app hopes to create an obsession out of tossing plastic packaging into virtual—and real world—recycling bins.
To encourage more plastics recycling, Plastics Make it Possible, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, has launched Bin It!, a fun and addictive new game that actually challenges people to recycle. Bin It! players toss plastic bottles into various recycling bins in the face of distracting animals, flashing cameras and tricky breezes. The game then converts the player’s successful tosses into the number of recycled t-shirts, sweaters and sleeping bags that can be made from recycled plastics.
The Bin It! app was launched to coincide with America Recycles Day on November 15, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.
“While the Bin It! player aims to toss plastic bottles into recycling bins, our aim is to get everybody hooked on plastics recycling,” said Steve Russell, Vice President, Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. “We’re always looking for creative ways to increase recycling awareness and participation, not only on America Recycles Day but every day. We hope people play Bin It! and then remember to “bin it” at home, on the road, at the office, at ball games…everywhere.”
Ninety-four percent of Americans have access to a plastics recycling program. While the Bin It! app uses plastic bottles, many communities also allow residents to “bin it” with other plastic containers such as yogurt cups and butter tubs. In addition, many grocery and retail chains—more than 12,000 locations nationwide—now offer bins to collect plastic bags and wraps for recycling.
Plastics recycling is on the rise, and demand for recycled plastics is growing. Bin It! is designed not only for gaming fun but to encourage more people to recycle plastic bottles, containers and bags.
The Bin It! recycling game can be downloaded on the iPhone, iPod and iPad through the iTunes App Store. For more information on plastics recycling and America Recycles Day, visit
About Plastics Make it Possible:
Plastics Make it Possible highlights the many ways plastics inspire innovations that improve our lives, solve big problems and help us design a safer, more promising future. This initiative is sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council. For more information, visit, check out ourFacebook page and follow us @plasticpossible on twitter at

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