9 years after our humble beginnings, Caps Of Love charity has been forced to make a major change in the charity direction in order to sustain our organization.
As of June 2017 Caps Of Love has provided 70 free wheelchairs and recycled over 193 TONS of polypropylene and polyethylene caps and lids.
Thousands of adults and children across the entire USA have learned very valuable environmental lessons in learning to identify their recycling, humanitarian lessons in giving back in their communities to those in great need, and empowerment of making a change in the lives of others through their own actions.
As you probably know, plastic is a petroleum product. Due to the very low petroleum market in recent years, the recycling of polypropylene #5, and polyethylene #2 and #4 are only bringing in about 10 cents a pound. When the market was at its peak several years ago, we were receiving 26-28 cents a pound! At this very low value it is no longer financially viable for us to recycle the polypropylene and polyethylenes at the local level. The price of petroleum is not expected to regain it's former value in the near future. This ends the sadly unsuccessful search for a donated warehouse, the Home Depot donated boxes ($4.50 each!), pallets, stretch wrap and tape, and endless man-hours from local volunteers processing the plastic for recycling in Tampa.
There will be NO CHANGE to the Non-Local Participation program that is successful across the USA bringing in funds from recycling companies making monetary donations to Caps Of Love in exchange for polypropylene and polyetheylene caps and lids.
If you would like to know more about the Non-Local Participation instructions and receive the necessary legal documents to share with your local recycling facility, please email me at CapsOfLoveUSA@gmail.com BEFORE you begin.
We will continue the humanitarian aspect of Caps Of Love by providing free wheelchairs to handicapped children in the USA. To do so, we need to focus our energy and attention to seeking grants and tax deductible monetary donations from our communities to fund the purchase of new wheelchairs, funding repairs and accessories, as well as refurbishing donated wheelchairs so they can be given to children in need. We have nearly 30 wheelchairs in stock now with about 15 ready to be given away at any time. This number is increasing as our charity continues to grow across the country. We will be actively contacting children's hospitals, clinics, pediatric physical therapists, etc to find more children in need of our services.
Public wheelchair presentation invitations (depending on parental consent) will be posted on the Caps Of Love facebook page in advance when possible.
We will also continue to educate the public on the importance of recycling knowledge and involvement in our communities.
To clarify the futility of continuing the local recycling I would like to present the following example:
Our latest shipment for recycling was a 53' semi-trailer filled with 14 tons or 28,000 pounds of sorted plastic. The shipping was paid for by the recycling facility saving us about $1,000 in freight charges.
At 10 cents a pound, this equals $2,800 for 14 TONS. It requires 416 heavy duty boxes donated by Home Depot District 154 at $4.50 each for a total of a massive donation of $1,872. This does not even take into account the thousands of hours our participants spent diligently learning to identify and separate the three different grades of plastic we were recycling.
I look forward to great things as we venture stronger into the humanitarian phase of Caps Of Love.
I encourage you to support us with your tax deductible monetary donations to Caps Of Love by using the "Donate Now" button found on the Caps Of Love website and spreading the word so we can change the lives of the children who need us most!
Thank you for all of your support,
Valerie Mathieu 7-1-17