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Market hosts final 'Capturing Caps' day

Waste Center feature won't continue in 2015


The Capturing Caps Campaign wraps up its year-long effort to keep plastic caps out of the landfill today, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Forest Grove Farmers Market on Main Street.

It will be the last day to deliver plastic caps to the Waste Center for recycling, according to Forest Grove resident Cecelia Warner, who oversees the project.

“Last October Forest Grove residents were encouraged to save plastic caps during the winter months and to deliver them to the Waste Center during the farmers market season,” said Warner. In the past five months the center has collected 99 pounds of caps.

“That’s remarkable,” said Warner, founder of the Waste Center, “considering the fact that 100 water bottle caps weigh only 3 ounces.”

The campaign was not just about diverting plastic from the landfill — it was educational as well. “Hopefully when a family sees all of the caps their one household is accumulating, it makes an impact,” Warner said.

She knows only too well how much little bits of plastic add up as her garage is now storing six 30-gallon garbage bags full of caps. “I thought we would collect maybe one large box full. I had no idea we would get this many. It’s quite overwhelming.”

Warner said she has collected a wide variety of caps in all shape and sizes — small caps from toothpaste tubes and caps so large “they could be used as salad plates.” She has also learned a lot about what people consume in Forest Grove.

“I saw a lot of prescription bottle caps. And folks turned in a lot of caps from water bottles, milk jugs and cartons, Gatorade, Vitamin Water and soda bottles.”

For the final day of Capturing Caps, Warner would like donors to remember that only clean, threaded plastic caps can be accepted. Also, foil, foam or paper liners must be removed.

Warner said the campaign will not continue next market season.

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