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Plastic caps and lids can now be recycled

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Plastic bottle caps are the second most littered item behind cigarette butts. You'll find them in the ocean or on the streets and now you can also bring them to one of the four Goodwill Redemption Centers on Oahu.

"It's important because we don't want our sea animals to be ingesting these lids and become sick or die from them," said Laura Robertson, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii President/CEO.

They'll accept any color plastic lid with a 2, 4 or 5 printed on it, which includes caps from drink containers, shampoo bottles, toothpaste caps, medicine bottles, coffee cans or peanut butter lids. They do however need to be clean and dry.

"It's essential Hawaii residents do everything they can to recycle as many things as they can and reduce their plastic use," said Suzanne Frazer, B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founder.

Unfortunately not all lids are part of the program, things like coffee cup lids and flimsy lids that hold a straw are two examples of things you cannot drop off. You also can't bring in spray bottle or pump tops or metal lids. Caps with foil, Styrofoam, paper or plastic in them are not acceptable, but if you pull that stuff out then it can be recycled.

"Those will actually contaminate the whole batch of recycling so then it would be absolutely useless so you really want to make sure that if you are doing recycling make sure you do it right," said Frazer.

You won't get any money for dropping off the lids and caps but you will help the Earth go green.

"The lids are a voluntary donation they don't qualify for the HI-5 redemption but we know people want to do the right thing so they're going to bring the lids to us and we'll make sure they get recycled," said Robertson.

The recycled lids will be well traveled. They'll be shipped to Indiana and eventually turned into things like car parts for General Motors.

Do not put the lids in your blue recycle bins you place on the curb that's a separate program.

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