Recycle Your Plastic Caps To Save Birds
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.