Safe, eco-friendly ways to
recycle plastic bottle
Plastic bottle caps and other plastic tops are the unruly
orphans of the recycling world. Caps we recycle in good
faith are likely to end up in the ocean or a landfill,
and in the stomach of a fish or bird.
For a variety of legitimate reasons, community recycling
centers have difficulty with plastic bottle caps and
discourage consumers from recycling them. This leaves many
people asking: What's the most responsible way to dispose
of plastic bottle tops?
There is no perfect solution yet,
but there are some
good options, and if we create a demand for better cap
day we'll have them!
Collect and wash your bottle tops, then mail them in batches to
Caps Can Do.
water in bulk, or use a pitcher filter:
Five gallons of water generates about 35 caps if purchased
in individual bottles, but not when it comes in a bulk
container or pitcher.
Drop your (smallish quantities of) plastic bottle caps at an Aveda
Aveda uses your rigid plastic caps to make new Aveda caps.
Does your cap qualify for their program: If you can bend
or break the lid with your bare hands, or it's made from
metal, it does not meet the rigid plastic definition and
cannot be used to make new Aveda caps.
Find the nearest Aveda Experience Center
Here's a visual guide to the types of plastic caps Aveda recycles:
Enroll your church or school in Aveda's cap recycling
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.877.AVEDA09
to enroll in the cap recycling program, or to get more
5. Create awareness
If you have a recycling facility in your neighborhood, call
them and suggest they start recycling bottle caps. The
higher the demand, the more likely you'll get the service.