HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Were you up to your ears in plastic bottle caps this year? Chances are your child collected them for school. You probably collected them and you may have gotten your neighbors involved too.
This year, 35 Huntsville schools collected nearly five million plastic bottle caps in all! That’s up from 3.1 million last year, and seven more schools participated this year as well.
Tuesday, Operation Green Team, along with Mayor Tommy Battle, Superintendent Casey Wardynski and Boeing presented the 35 participating schools with cash prizes and special recycled plastic trophies as a thank you for collecting the bottle caps and learning the importance of recycling.
University Place Elementary defended its title, winning first place again and collecting a $1,500 check. They’ve actually won first place all four years!
Other schools won checks for $1,000, $750, $500 and $250, depending on how they placed in the friendly competition. The prize money totaled $22,500, which was donated by Boeing and other companies.
KW Plastics, located in Troy, Alabama, recycles the bottle caps and turns them into plastic paint cans.
Whether you have a child in school or not, you can collect plastic bottle caps any time and turn them in to a participating school. Or, if there’s a family down the street – surprise the kids with a bag of bottle caps every few months. They’ll be glad to turn them in for you and their class may just be having a competition to see who can boost the school’s overall total the most!
You can collect milk jug caps, soda bottle caps, laundry bottle caps, dish detergent caps, lids to peanut butter jars, vitamin bottle caps or others.
Here’s how the schools placed:
1. University Place Elementary 623,559
2. Mountain Gap School 393,630
3. Academy for Academics & Arts PTA 381,050
4. Ridgecrest Elementary PTA 264,147
5. Hampton Cove Middle School 248,269
6. Montview Elementary PTA 241,945
7. Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary 238,881
8. Highlands Elementary PTA 217,461
9. Chaffee Elementary 215,635
10. Hampton Cove Elementary PTA 191,306
11. J.E. Williams Elementary PTA 175,375
12. Academy for Science &Foreign Language School 174,147
13. Weatherly Heights Elementary 156,121
14. Chapman School 150,781
15. Monte Sano Elementary 145,111
16. Grace Lutheran School 137,859
17. Randolph School 135,740
18. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary 120,597
19. Challenger Elementary 96,817
20. Holy Spirit School 93,192
21. McDonnell Elementary 90,654
22. Farley Elementary 75,507
23. Lakewood Elementary 72,052
24. Providence Elementary 68,288
25. Montessori School 49,268
26. Morris Elementary PTA 42,592
27. J.E. Williams Middle PTSA 37,530
28. Jones Valley Elementary 35,641
29. Challenger Middle School 27,015
30. Holy Family School 26,776
31. Ed White Middle School 21,437
32. James Dawson Elementary 16,996
33. Lee High PTSA 9,762
34. Johnson High PTSA 9,255
35. Blossomwood Elementary (participated, but did not compete)
Grand Total: More than 4,984,396