Isaiah Swon, a member of The Seneca FFA, has begun a campaign, “Park Your Caps,” that will benefit his community and the environment.
Swon has initiated a communitywide plastic bottle cap and lid collection that then will be converted into a picnic table by Green Tree Plastics.
Contemporary plastic beverage containers are recyclable, but their caps and lids are not.
Acceptable caps include those from drink bottles, flip-top containers, medicine bottles, milk jugs, detergent, toothpaste and deodorant. Lids smaller than 8 inches in diameter – from cottage cheese, mayonnaise jars, yogurt, peanut butter jars, whipped cream containers, coffee cans, cream cheese, butter and prescription bottles – all qualify for this program. Acceptable caps and lids have recycle Nos. 2, 4 or 5.
Swon, who is confined to a wheelchair, plans to turn in the plastic lids to help offset the cost of a wheelchair-accessible picnic table next spring for the new park in Seneca.
“Our goal is to get the public to be more concerned about the environment while acquiring a table that everyone in the community can use,” Swon said in a news release. “It’s going to take a lot of work, but with everyone’s help, we can make it happen.”
Swon will be placing very visible yellow buckets with red lids donated by the Schaeffer Oil Co. at strategic locations throughout the Seneca area.
Anyone interested in hosting a bucket is advised to contact Swon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.