Flip Your Lids: Recycle your caps

Clean Ocean Action — a nonprofit that seeks to is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast — is having a contest for collecting plastic caps.

The organization’s concern is that the caps often aren’t recycled. They become trash or litter, ending-up in landfills and on beaches, or washing into our rivers and oceans.

So between now and May 1, they’re asking groups and families to collect all their caps. The beauty care products company, Aveda, will recycle them into new caps out of 100 percent recycled caps — like the ones on their vintage clove shampoo, which came out last September.

Eligible caps include those that twist on with a threaded neck  (such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles), flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), plus those on laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.

If marked, they’d have the number 5 inside the chasing arrows recycling symbol.

I can attest to how fast they’ll pile up. I collect all mine, except I take them to Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown, along with all manner of other things I can’t recycle anyplace else.

The contest rules are simple, and based on the honor system. Just keep a tally of the caps collected and submit it to Clean Ocean Action by 5 p.m. May 1.

Registration is required at www.cleanoceanaction.org, or with Carl Guastaferro, contest coordinator, at (732) 872-0111. A packet of information — including details about pre-paid shipping of the caps — will be sent to participants.