Recently my AmeriCorps team at EOS Alliance
and I took a trip to a recycling center in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle thanks to Allied Waste part of Republic Services, Inc
. The site has gone through many upgrades and deals with tons of recycled material every day. The operation is very high-tech, fast-paced and efficient.
One thing that caught my attention and that of my coworkers was that most bottle caps, lids and tops are not recyclable. Don't believe me? Take a look at the Seattle Public Utilities' page on items that are recyclable, compostable and should be put in the garbage
. John Caputo, the company's marketing executive, advised that we should all be conscious of this and make sure to take the lids off bottles.
Seems kind of a shame to waste all those lids right? Well, Aveda
thinks the same thing. That's why the cosmetic company has started a program called Recycling Caps with Aveda
. In this program, Aveda is teaming up with schools around the nation to implement the recycling of caps. One such school is Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah, Wash.
Acceptable lids for the program include: shampoo, beverage, milk, flip top, detergent and pharmaceutical caps. Not acceptable lids include non-rigid items like yogurt and margarine lids as well as metal lids, lotion and spray pump lids.