Another everyday occurrence is the amount of bottle caps both plastic and metal strewn in streets, sidewalks and beaches. When I pick up trash, bottle caps comprise of at least 20% of all litter on a good day. The problem with bottle caps on a beach, is they are easily lost and buried in the sand washing out to oceans and or washed down storm drains. So I ask What are people thinking! This is deliberate litter and absolutely no excuse.
It is not just the bottle caps that become trash 1.) First their is the plastic covering over the cap that you have to strip off. 2.) There is the bottle cap itself 3.) There is the up to 2 layers of inside lining of plastic or cardboard.. most it appears end up in trash.
The best way to eliminate #5 bottle caps is try to eliminate any time of beverage or food that has bottle caps including water bottles and drink bottles. Those items are luxury items, expensive, thereby just using a reusable bottle you will make and save green.
I just gotta Eco Ya
- Plastic Bottle Caps will take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
- Plastic bottle Caps harm marine and wildlife, because animals think this is food.
- Americans consume an average of 167 bottles a year. Most of those bottle caps are not recycled and end up in landfills and water. (Source)
- Researchers at the Pacific Institute estimated that it takes the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil to make the nearly 50 billion plastic water bottles used every year in the United States.
- Americans throw 2 million plastic bottles in the trash every 10 minutes
- Not all places will take bottle caps although that is changing slowly.
- Some places will take back #5 bottle caps, check with Earth 911 for places to go.
What You Can Do- Eliminate Plastic as much as you can in your daily life. Use reusable bags, refillable water bottles, pick up and dispose of your trash in appropriate manner. If you do have plastic reuse, reuse and reuse some more.
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- Caps Can Do in Columbus, OHIO takes back clean #5 bottle caps
- Caps-n-Cups in Evansville, Indiana, will take your bottle caps.
- Book on Bottle Cap Crafts for Kids
- Earth 911