Plastics distributor Laird Plastics Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., will help reduce plastic waste resulting from the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Laird Plastics Canada Inc., of Vancouver, began working with Olympics organizers three years ago.
We did work with them to show them different products for graphics, said Michael McNaughton, service center manager for the Vancouver branch. It snowballed from there.
Laird designers helped Olympics officials choose corrugated polypropylene sheet for directional signage on the grounds of the Olympic villages and venues. Coroplast Inc.'s plant in Granby, Quebec, supplied the PP sheet for the signs.
McNaughton said following the Olympics closing ceremony Feb. 28, Laird is coordinating the collection and cleanup of the PP signs for shipment back to Coroplast, which will recycle them.
In total, Laird estimates the signs recycling program will save two truckloads of plastic from going to a landfill.
Laird also got involved in procuring recycling containers and knitted polyester skating oval walls.
The Olympics project was a great experience but a lot of work, McNaughton said.
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