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Recycling Resources for Plastic Bottle Caps

Looking for some options to recycle plastic bottle caps? Look no further!

  • Check with your city. Some cities do accept plastic bottle caps, but they may require that you remove the cap from the bottle and put it in the bin separately. The only way to find out is to check with your city. Try Googling something like “[YourCity] Plastic Recycling.” Lots of cities now have websites where that information is easy to access.
  • Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods Markets accept #5 plastic caps for recycling. Next time you’re shopping, check their bins to see if yours does, too!
  • Earth911. This is my go-to for any recycling question. You can search the Earth911 database for “plastic caps” to find facilities near you that will accept them.
  • Caps Can Do. If you can’t find a local place to drop off your plastic caps for recycling, you can ship them to Caps Can Do, a company that specializes in recycling #5 plastic.

Recycling is great, but reusing is better when you consider how inefficient plastic recycling is. There are lots of fun ways to reuse plastic caps, no matter what level of crafting you’re at! Check out the projects on the next page.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:01PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Thank you :)

4:54AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014


11:49PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

all good ideas

1:34PM PST on Jan 25, 2014


4:17AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

We collect them and some charities exchange them for wheelchairs.

4:12AM PST on Jan 25, 2014


12:49AM PST on Jan 25, 2014


3:46AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

i agree in not buying plastic and refilling them when you have no choice. i use glass bottles and jars to make tea and lemon water and for leftovers whenever possible (i'm not even 80%, i suppose).

i feel like we're preaching to the choir though. i can't convince my family to do this however.

the most important point i saw was to take the lids off and recycle separately.

4:34AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Spending your time & energy on making something out of crap that will only end up in landfill itself before too long seems like a waste of energy. If you really want to make a difference, stop buying plastic bottles. I drink tap water out of a steel bottle when I'm out, I refill my laundry liquid bottle at the health food shop, my dishwasher detergent is powder & comes in a cardboard box & I only use solid bars of soap & shampoo. Plastic bottles, especially single-use plastic bottles such as water bottles, are smothering this planet, I try real hard not to add to the problem.

2:33PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

thank you for sharing these tips

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