Recycling plastic lids and caps

May 4th, 2012

Dozens of plastic bottle caps that I've collected over the months to be recycled.

Dozens of plastic bottle caps collected over the months to be recycled. Photo by Nina Wu.

It's amazing how many plastic caps you can collect in a month — they're on half-gallon milk cartons, Trop50 juices, water bottles, pretty much any beverage that comes in a plastic bottle, shampoo and conditioner bottles, vitamins, peanut butter jars and Happy Baby food pouches. The list goes on.

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii (B.E.A.C.H.) is making an effort to recycle the plastic caps and lids. Mark your calendars if you, too, have been collecting plastic lids and caps. The non-profit and student volunteers will be collecting plastic caps and lids for recycling on Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, May 12.

>> 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Ahuimanu Elementary School, 47-470 Hui Aeko Pl. in Kaneohe.

>> 9 a.m. to 11;30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Kaimuki Middle School, 631 18th Ave.

For updates on plastic caps and lids recycling collection dates and times, visit

This effort to reduce plastic caps in the environment and help save sea birds is an initiative of the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii and supported by the following partners: Matson, 5 Star Transportation, Young Brothers and ETA Logistics.

Free Educational Presentation

Also, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 29 and June 28, listen to an educational and inspirational presentation by B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer on the issue of plastic in our environment and how it is both harmful to our health as well as marine life.

Learn about chemicals in plastic, the impacts of marine debris on marine life and what simple steps you can take to protect your health as well as that of the environment.

The presentations will take place at the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation Community Meeting Room, 131 Hekili St. Suite 111 in Kailua. Light refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Kailua. Please RSVP by phone to 393-2168.

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