RECYCLING PLASTIC CAPS
Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i has organized plastic caps and lids recycling in Hawai`i since 2009 with the help of various partners. The purpose of the plastic caps and lids recycling campaign in Hawai`i is to help save sea birds.
Researchers have found that 100% of albatross chicks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have ingested plastic. Adult albatrosses mistake small plastic litter such as bottle caps, lighters, children’s toys, combs and toothbrushes floating on the surface of the ocean for food and feed it to their chicks. Thousands of baby albatrosses die with stomachs full of plastic, starving to death or dying from blockages, lacerations and dehydration.
Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i has found that plastic caps and lids are one of the top ten items found during marine debris beach clean-ups and are the second most littered item after cigarette butts.
Black-footed albatross and chick. photo: ©Robert Shallenberger
Dead Laysan albatross chick with a stomach
full of plastic bottle caps © Cynthia Vanderlip
Laysan albatross flying over Kaena
Point. Photo: © Dean Otsuki
Laysan albatross feeding chick. Photo: © Barbara Mayer
Help save baby albatrosses and other seabirds by recycling plastic caps and lids.
Links to educational resources regarding seabirds ingesting plastic:
Eco-Negligence Kills Albatross (video)
Plastic Pollution Cases Rise (video)
We are only accepting a minimum 5 gallon bucket full of clean and dry plastic caps and lids.
WHAT TO RECYCLE
CLEAN & DRY
HDPE LDPE PP
PLASTIC CAPS & LIDS
from bottles, cans and tubes including:
drinks, shampoo, food products, detergent
spray cans, coffee cans, toothpaste tubes,
medicines and supplements (remove all
paper, styrofoam and labels before recycling)
Click here for examples of recyclable plastic caps and lids.
Signs to print and use:
Recycling caps logo sign
Recycling caps albatross sign
What to recycle sign
What is NOT recyclable:
(click here for examples)
and dirty caps & lids,
caps with metal, paper, labels,
styrofoam and polystrene lids,
clear plastic lids from cups
This recycling project is supported through contributions from:
Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley
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