PureCycle Technologies and the Cincinnati Bengals announced a partnership milestone after working together during the 2022 season. Together, they recycled more than 40 tons of aluminum and plastic at Bengals home games through PureCycle’s PureZero ™ waste program. The Bengals also recycled more than 60 tons of cardboard during the season.
PureCycle CEO Dustin Olson said, “It’s great to see the team’s on-field success matched by their sustainability efforts off the field. This is evidence of what can happen when best practices are put into place and everyone is pulling in the same direction. Thank you to the Bengals, Aramark and Rumpke for their efforts in helping to keep stadium waste from ending up in local landfills and waterways.”
“Partnering with PureCycle on this program showcases how partnerships come together off the field,” said Ryan Holmes, Bengals Director of Corporate Partnerships. “Traditionally, fans think of sponsors as advertisers they see in the stadium, but this relationship showcases how a true partnership between the team and sponsor can make a positive impact on our environment and the community.”
As part of the PureZero ™ program, the Bengals have implemented a multi-step approach to reducing the amount of plastic waste generated at the team’s home games. PureCycle is working with the Bengals on recommendations to stock concessions with No.5 plastic products to create a truly circular recycling system.
“Like with their own team, the Bengals have the right players in place to make this a truly successful program,” said Jeff Snyder, Director of Recycling, Rumpke Waste & Recycling. “As Ohio’s recycling leader, Rumpke continues to invest millions annually into our recycling programs to ensure our customers – like the Bengals – can recycle the most amount of material possible, and thanks to innovators like PureCycle – Bengals fans could recycle more plastics than ever before. We look forward to continuing to work with the stadium and Aramark on growing this program.”