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October 8, 2013 > Plastic caps recycling project

Plastic caps recycling project

Submitted By Shanti Balaraman

On Tuesday, September 17, three student representatives from Green Kids Now, Inc. a Fremont based environmental non-profit organization, gave a presentation to the Fremont City Council about the environmental hazards caused by plastic bottle caps.

Amita Gowda, age 6, and Neha Panda, 7, presented a powerful message of how plastic bottle caps are damaging our environment. They explained that plastic bottles and caps are made from different types of plastic, which cannot be recycled together and encouraged the public to follow these recommendations:

Remove plastic caps before placing bottles in the recycling bin
Rinse and clean plastic caps
Collect plastic caps separately and drop them off at locations listed at www.GreenKidsNow.Org

Pavan Raj Gowda, 13, founder of Green Kids Now, Inc., stated that most caps are made from polypropylene, one of the most widely used and most ÒrecyclableÓ of all plastics. Many of them are not recycled because it is difficult and labor intensive to sort them from the bottles (usually made from PET or HDPE); bottles are much easier to deal with than the much smaller caps, no matter how recyclable the material.

Pavan plans to solve this major problem by making it easier to collect, sort, and recycle polypropylene and polyethylene bottle caps! He said, ÒBasically we are helping to accomplish the difficult sorting job, thereby making it more worthwhile and valuable to recycle these materials, and prevent it from ending up in our landfills and oceans.Ó

Pavan mentioned that with the help of volunteers, supporters and partners, his organization will be collecting plastic caps separately in large quantities, so they can be sorted into polypropylene and polyethylene and then shredded at AHG Recycling and made ready for manufacturing into new products.

He would like all Fremont residents to participate in the ÒPlastic Caps Recycling ProjectÓ and be part of the solution. Plastic caps can be found in many household items including: coffee containers, sauce bottles, ketchup bottles, paint bottles/cans, cleaning bottles, cooking sprays, shampoo bottles, peanut butter jars, toothpaste lids, milk jugs, soda bottles, juice bottles, sports drinks, water bottles, pharmaceutical bottles and detergents, etc.

Caps can be dropped off at: Fremont City Liberty Street Office, The Artistry Salon, Alsion Montessori School, Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Niles Discovery Church, Shaolin Temple USA. Addresses and hours of collection can be found at: http://www.greenkidsnow.org/PlasticCaps.html#Dropoff%20locations

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