Operation Lid Collection
You all probably already know that some plastics can be recycled. But some types of plastic are not as easy to recycle and are usually thrown away. For example, most single use plastic bottles ( like water, juice, milk and soda ) can be recycled but the bottle caps are a different kind of plastic, RIGID PLASTIC, and are usually just thrown away. Corbett Cares 4H Club will be collecting the listed types of HARD TO RECYCLE plastic lids and then our club will take them to a special collection center so that they can be recycled.
This way they can be used again and made into something else like playground equipment or shampoo bottles. Then this plastic won’t just go into our landfills or be burned up into our atmosphere. Plastic lids do not “break down” so they are not “BIO-DEGRADEABLE”. If plastic is burned, you also release harmful chemicals and a lot of these lids end up being burned in incinerators.
If you want to help, put your plastic lids in our collection boxes, start collecting them in a paper bag at home and then put them in these boxes. There will also be one in the grade school lobby! Corbett Cares 4H Club will do the rest.
Being responsible for our environment starts with just doing one thing. Collecting these lids is our “Dot”. What’s yours?
A line of plastic bottles going around the planet five times. This would be the equivalent to the number of plastic bottles discarded ( not recycled ) every week in the U.S… just for water. this is not including bottles for juices or sodas. ( data 2009 – http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org ) Imagine the waste created by all types of single use plastics put together, by all the countries in the world (the US is only 5% of the worlds population) including plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic utensils, cups, containers plastic lids and more. Iit is really hard to imagine.
We all can make a difference.
When we know better – we can do better. choose a better future by refusing or not using non-recyclable, non-biodegradable, single use plastics.
“Be the Change you Wish to See in the World.” – M. Gandhi
Reprinted with permission from Mr. John S. Pritchett
Sustainability refers to a very old and simple concept (The Golden Rule) “…do onto future generations as you would have them do onto you.”