Although no new donated warehouse has been found. Mr Pearce has graciously given us a temporary reprieve until a new facility is found.
Our current donated warehouse was geneously donated since August 2016. Their business has expanded and they are in need of our donated space ASAP.
We will begin accepting correctly separated polypropylene and polyethylene again next week. Please review the website for updated grade separation requirements as we will NOT be accepting any that are not done correctly. Please allow sufficient time to have your's checked for grade separation compliance before being dropped off as there can be a waiting line. We are also asking for the special shipping boxes we use to be donated. See the "Wish List" tab for exact box information available for purchase at most Home Depots. This is the only boxes we use.
NON-LOCAL PARTICIPATION WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS MOVE AND WILL CONTINUE AS BEFORE as it is not affected by our storage and supports us monitarily.
The non-local process has been very successful across the country.
We will continue with our primary mission to educate the public on how to recycle correctly.
We will continue our secondary mission to provide the free wheelchairs as long as funds allow for purchasing new, and refurbishing donated wheelchairs.
POLYETHYLENE #2: This grade is identified with this #2 in the recycling code triangle. This also includes any of the tiny, translucent water bottle caps, star caps, Desani caps, (identified by the 2 wavy lines accross the top of the cap, usually deep green , see pictures below) and ANY CAP OR LID WITH THE #2 CLEARLY MARKED IN THE RECYCLING CODE TRIANGLE.
These are the only two TINY translucent water bottle caps mentioned in the above paragraph that are automatically considered #2 Polyethylene. They go with any cap or lid of ANY COLOR OR SIZE WITH A #2 IN THE RECYCLING CODE TRIANGLE.
This is required so we can continue to get the maximum value for our recycled plastic from the recycling plant. Mixed grades have no resale value.
Pictured here are some examples of unidentified caps ( NO RECYCLING CODE TRIANGLE)
These samples would be considered Polyethylene #2s and follow the "Squeeze Test".
The caps with the stars in the center are Polyethylene #2s.
The beverage caps with no recycling code use the Squeeze Test to determine grade. Polyetheylene #2s will squeeze but will hold their irregular shape and not go back to completely round. They can be any color or translucent.
Note we do not use the squeeze test on larger caps than beverage and would take them as Polypropylene #5s (ie: Laundry caps, etc
Unidentified beverage Caps that have NO RECYCLING CODE TRIANGLE:
For unidentified caps, we do the Squeeze Test.
Place the cap in the palm of your hand and apply moderate pressure to try to bend the beverage cap.
Polypropylene #5s are very stiff (rigid) and will not bend very easily at all. They will always go back into their original round shape. They can be any color or translucent.
Polyethylene #2s will not squeeze completely together but will hold their irregular shape and not go back to completely round. They can be any color or translucent.
This photo shows some of the "Bad Caps" that should NEVER be included in your collection.
ANY CAP CONTAINING ANY METAL, beer caps, alluminum pull tabs, sprayers and pumps (metal springs inside), metal coated plastic caps, Ensure or Pediasure caps, Ragu sauce caps, corks, jelly jar lids, and pickle lids. More close up photos are shown below.
Note: metal pull tabs are collected by the Ronald McDonald House charity that provides housing for families attending to critically ill, hospitalized children.
any plastic cap that crunches when bent such as fast-food restaurant drink lids, clear hard plastics like lucite, or any solid hard cap like those found on cosmetic bottles.