I didn’t know this as we save all our caps for crafting projects and stuff but… most recycling companies do not accept the plastic bottle caps. Aveda, the amazing Eco-friendly salon has developed a program to collect these caps and use them in the packaging of their own products.
With the help of our network of salons and stores, in partnership with community schools, we are building a new recycling program for plastic bottle caps in which caps are collected at stores and schools and then sent by Aveda to our recycler where the material is recycled into new caps and containers.
What type of caps do we collect?
Caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. If you can bend or break the lid with your bare hands, than it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as…
- other beverage bottles
- flip top caps on tubes
- food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise)
- laundry detergents
- 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. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers.
Bring your plastic caps into an Aveda Store and feel great knowing that they will be repurposed into new Aveda packaging and kept from entering our waterways and harming wildlife.
[Excerpt from: Aveda.com]
Other products you cant toss in the bin:
- Pizza boxes. The oil from pizza can contaminate cardboard boxes, making it impossible to process them into clean paper.
- Napkins and paper towels. It’s not the paper goods themselves that present a problem, but the fact that they’re typically used to wipe up food, cleaning products, and other “hazardous waste.”
- Sticky notes. Their size, color, and the adhesive strip make them a better bet for the trash bin.
- Wet paper. Paper fibers that have been exposed to water are shorter and therefore less valuable to paper mills, making it unprofitable to collect and recycle.
[Excerpt from: Yahoo|Green]