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.

All the Desani caps are distinguishe by the 2 sets of wavy lines across the top. They have no recycling code triangle but are Polyethylene #2s

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

POLYETHYLENE #4:

This grade is identified by the #4 in the recyling code triangle and can be of ANY COLOR OR SIZE.

POLYPROPYLENE #5: 

 This grade is identified by the #5 clearly marked in the recycling code triangle. They can be any size, shape, or color.

They include translucent caps such as Arizona Tea, Smart Water, Vitamin Water, some Tote lids.

 

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.

 

New! These flip-top sport caps

CANNOT BE ACCEPTED! They contain mixed grades and are not allowed effective Feb 2017

NEW! The detergent dispenser cap is acceptable as Polypropylene #5 AFTER the red rubber has been REMOVED.

Caps with rubber on them like this medicine cap CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. Rubber is NOT plastic.

 

 

These plastic caps after the paper and foil liners have been removed, will be acceptable as Polypropylene "PP" #5s

UNACCEPTABLE

Medical waste of any kind

 

Please discard correctly.

BAD plastic caps

These plastic caps are NOT acceptable.

Plastic caps that are crunchy or brittle when bent are NOT acceptable. This includes beverage lids from fast food restaurants, clear condiment lids, brittle lucite or hard plastics, and others as shown in photo.

Bad Caps

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. 

Also unacceptable:

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.

BAD metal and plastic caps

These caps are NOT ever acceptable as they contain metal discs.

bad metal lids and caps

BAD CAPS!!!

Metal caps or lids and plastic coated with metal ruin the shipment. These are found on pickle jars, jelly jars, cosmetics, liquor bottles, glass juice jars and many others. They should NEVER be mixed in with the plastic caps.

BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

BAD, BAD, BAD!!! 

Metal pull tabs should never put in with the plastic caps. These take hours of manual labor to remove. Sorting of caps is a difficult and time-consuming job and these tabs are the worst offenders. They get stuck inside of the smaller plastic caps and ruin the shipment. I give them to the Royal Palm School for Special Needs Students in Lantana who give them to Ronald McDonald house charity to help families with sick children with temporary housing.