Re­cy­cle Your Plas­tic Caps To Save Birds

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - ByCAROLCHANG

A lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal group is co­or­di­nat­ing a cam­paign to re­cy­cle plas­tic bot­tle caps, and the Good­will store in Ka­pahulu is one of four Oahu Good­will sites serv­ing as col­lec­tion points.

The re­demp­tion cen­ter at 3335 Camp­bell Ave. is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The caps will be pro­cessed into plas­tic pel­lets that can be reused in man­u­fac­tur­ing. For de­tails, call 393-2168 or visit www.b-e-a-c-h.org.

“It’s a break­through in re­cy­cling,” said school­teacher Som­mer­lyn Leong. “It opens a whole new way of help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in Hawaii. It’s more read­ily avail­able for peo­ple and leaves us with more choices.”

The re­cy­cling ef­fort is spear­headed by the Hawaii Kai-based Beach En­vi­ron­men­tal Aware­ness Cam­paign Hawaii to keep the tiny, col­or­ful plas­tic caps and lids away from sea birds. Ac­cord­ing to B.E.A.C.H. spokes­woman Suzanne Frazer, a study in the North­west­ern Hawai­ian Is­lands found that all Laysan and black-footed al­ba­trosses are feed­ing their chicks plas­tic de­bris they find float­ing on the ocean’s sur­face. The chicks then die of star­va­tion, block­ages, de­hy­dra­tion and lac­er­a­tions from in­gest­ing the caps and other plas­tic.

Ac­cepted are caps and lids with the sym­bol 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE) or 5 (PP). These in­clude caps from drinks, sham­poo, food prod­ucts, de­ter­gent, medicine, sup­ple­ments, spray cans, tooth­paste and cof­fee cans. Not ac­cept­able are metal, Sty­ro­foam or clear lid cov­ers from drink­ing cups, pumps or sprayers, and any caps that are dirty.

Mat­son Nav­i­ga­tion will then ship the caps and lids to Lu­cent Poly­mers at no charge. Other spon­sors are Young Broth­ers, Pepsi Bot­tling Co. and ETA Lo­gis­tics.

Dan Ten­ney scopes out the del­i­cate yet sturdy bon­sai plants on dis­play at Pa­cific Bon­sai Club’s an­nual Fa­ther’s Day plant fair, held June 13 at Ki­lauea District Park. The club also ex­hib­ited its own bon­sai col­lec­tion and had many plants on sale for fans of the art. Photo by Leah Friel, lfriel@midweek.com.

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