Are Your Water Bottles Being Recycled? (Video)

Alarming Facts About Plastic Bottle Caps

Are you one of the many people who have been recycling plastic bottles with the bottle caps still on?

Well, first of all, bravo to you for thinking before you threw that bottle away! Recycle bins are one of the most powerful weapons we have in environmental conservation today. However, we still have a long way to go in terms of plastic bottle recycling. It’s not a perfect process as Kelsey Rae, Steve Linder and Greg Dugan of Vocal Trash explain in this video. The type of plastic the bottle is made from and the type of plastic the lid is made from require two totally different recycling processes at two totally different recycling facilities. So all those caps you’ve been sending into the recycling bins and machines have been going to waste in landfills!

What You Can Do:

Good news, gang! There is a way you can recycle bottle caps. The good folks at Aveda have made it easy for you. Simply send an email to CapCollection@Aveda.com to receive 20 prepaid postage mailing labels and call your local UPS to schedule a pickup for all the old bottle caps you’ve been collecting. These bottle caps can then be recycled into new shampoo or conditioner containers, face wash jars, or body wash bottles.    

Types of Plastic Bottle Caps To Save:

In addition to plastic water bottle caps, you can also collect…

  •  Laundry Caps
  •  Soda Pop Tops
  •  Milk Jug Carton Lids
  •  Peanut Butter & Mayonnaise Lids
  •  Ketchup, Mustard & Salad Dressing Flip-tops
  •  Shampoo Bottle Lids
  •  Make-up Tops
  •  Face Cream Plastic Lids
  •  Any Plastic #5 Lid

The program does not accept: yogurt lids, pharmaceutical lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), or non-screw-tops. As a general rule, look for thick, sturdy plastic lids that screw onto their bottles.

As An Added Bonus…

Not only are you saving tons of plastic from ending up in a landfill somewhere, but you are also preventing any of those colorful lids from winding up inside the stomachs of marine-life and birds.

Everybody, "THINK…before you throw it away!"


Vocal Trash Members Vocal Trash is a troupe of environmental entertainers who have been engaging audiences with their unique and exciting brand of entertainment for a decade from New York to Seattle. Whether in Madison Square Garden or the Venetian Hotel and Casino,  Vocal Trash is environmentally conscious using upcycled materials on stage. The group asks that you "THINK… before you throw it away!"

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2 Responses to “Are Your Water Bottles Being Recycled? (Video)”

  1. Karen Therrio January 12, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    What about the cities that require you to use their recycling cans? Do they know this? Because they have never informed any of the residents here about it.

  2. Alfred May 4, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    Great incentive guys ;-)
    In Gibraltar we have a campaign collecting plastic caps too.
    Hopefully this will help us help others for a change!

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