With the help of its network of salons and stores, and in partnership with community schools (capcollection@aveda.com), beauty products marketer/manufacturer Aveda has implemented a recycling program for plastic bottle caps.

Regular readers know that recycling everyday items is a recurring theme. If the items do not fit into a neat category, they become “recycling odds and ends.”


Plastic Bottle Caps

The majority of plastic bottle caps do not get recycled and, as litter or trash, end up in landfills and beaches, or migrate into rivers and oceans. Birds and marine creatures mistake the caps for food with tragic results. This pollution problem has a devastating impact on our oceans and wildlife.

Beauty products marketer/manufacturer Aveda announced a new recycling initiative. With the help of its network of salons and stores, in partnership with community schools (capcollection@aveda.com), they have implemented a recycling program for plastic bottle caps. The caps are collected at stores and schools and sent to the company’s recycler, where the material is made into new caps and containers.

The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic (PP), sometimes noted with a “5” in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. This includes twist-on caps with a threaded neck such as shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles; flip-top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids, such as peanut butter.

Excluded are pharmaceutical and non-rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese) and screw-on lids that are not rigid. If the lid is bendable or breakable with bare hands, it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Please do not bring metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers, because too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process.


Polystyrene Packaging or Styrofoam

It is no secret that Styrofoam takes up a lot of landfill space. From television and electronics packaging to coffee cups and takeout containers, polystyrene or Styrofoam enters our homes and is not accepted in Evanston‘s program.

Thanks to a green-minded business, Abt Electronics, polystyrene packing materials are collected, compressed and shipped to a reuser. The family-owned retailer has built a recycling center behind its

Milwaukee Avenue

store. According to company president Mike Abt, they have installed a Scandinavian-built compressor that crushes two full semi-trailers of Styrofoam each day or about 120,000 pounds per year.

Before dropping off polystyrene packing material or empty food containers, please remove all solid or liquid waste to avoid contamination. Abt’s recycling center is open Thursday through Saturday 2-7 p.m. and is in a free-standing building just west of the main store at

1200 N. Milwaukee Ave.

in Glenview. Visit abt.com/green for more details.

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