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05 June 2009 @ 08:52 am
Ideal Bite Tip: The Top Scoop  
People are always asking me what to do with their bottle caps/top. It was the FAQ at my Girl Scout Presentations! Ideal Bite shares this tip on what to do with those lids.

The Top Scoop

The Bite:
The dish on recycling plastic lids, caps, and covers? Our top story: Although plastic lids and covers are recyclable, most processors ask you to trash them - but there are ways you can avoid sending 'em to the dump.
The Benefits:
  • Editing out certain trashy details. Small lids (think water bottles, milk jugs, and condiment containers) often fall through filtering screens and don't get recycled.
  • Good news for waste managers. At recycling plants, containers are easier to filter and bundle when plastics don't mix (lid plastic's different than bottle plastic) and the air is pushed out (lids trap air in).
Personally Speaking:
Animal-lover Jen has been spreading the word about how mama albatross birds are feeding bottle caps to their chicks.
Wanna Try:
  • Check with your local recycler (type in your zip here to find yours) to see if the plant's set up to handle small covers and lids. Either way, try to remember to separate caps from containers.
  • Aveda - take your caps into any Aveda store, and it'll recycle 'em (note: they do have to be the common, #5 plastic type).
Here's more on the tops:

From Aveda:

The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter. Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw on lids that are not rigid. If you can bend or break the lid with your bare hands, then it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. Unfortunately, too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process. We appreciate your efforts in keeping it clean!
How can I reuse or recycle plastic screw-top bottle caps? Geared to craft projects mostly.

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