Watch how this fast food restaurant transforms used cups into park benches

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches

 

American fast food chain Chick-fil-A, don’t just throw their customers used polystyrene cups into the landfill. Instead, they take those cups and transform them into park benches.

Let’s see how they do it…

 

First, the customer’s place their used cups into a dedicated garbage bin.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


The cups are taken to IWS, a recycling processing facility.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


The cups are sorted by hand, and any liquids and garbage are removed.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


After they have been sorted, they are put through the densification process, basically chipping them up into 1-2 inch pieces.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


Then the chips are sent through an extrusion process, turning them into pressed logs.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


The logs are then transferred to Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls, where they are put into a shredder, that shreds them down and grinds them into tiny pieces.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


Once the chunks have been chipped, they’re then blended with other recycled plastics.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


The plastic chips are then melted and extruded into forms in the desired shape, such as bench legs.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


Once cooled, the legs are removed from their forms.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


Next, it is off to assembly, where the legs are pre-drilled with holes for screws.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


After the legs are ready, the next step is to put the bench together.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


The end result is a park bench that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Watch how this fast food chain transforms customers used cups into park benches


Watch the full ‘making of’ video below


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