Sunday, April 11, 2010

Earth Day Every Day

Throwing away those little plastic bottle caps is so much better than throwing away the whole bottle; there's an almost-gratifying feeling tossing the tiny lid in the garbage knowing the rest will be properly recycled. But thanks to the efforts of Anna Chan (aka The Lemon Lady), NONE of that bottle need be landfill-bound.

Her new campaign, "Earth Day Every Day. Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids," gives new momentum to the push for recycling plastic bottle caps. SF Bay Area residents are particularly fortunate to have several drop-off spots available at nearby Whole Foods and Aveda locations. Aveda accepts any rigid plastic bottle caps that must be removed for recycling as well as other caps with a threaded neck: caps on shampoo, 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. Whole Foods accepts bottle caps and other plastic #5 containers such as yogurt cups, hummus tubs and Brita water filters. They work with the organization Preserve who turns the recycled plastic into toothbrushes and razors.

See the Lemon Lady's site for more on recycling caps in Central and East Contra Costa Counties, or for a link to search recyclers near you.

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