By JAN ROBINSON
Elkhart County 4-H Fair Green Committee
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Green Committee is announcing a Community Service Project for the 4-H Fairgrounds. The Green Committee would like to get a 6-foot bench made from 100 percent recycled material to be used in the Heritage Park area on the fairgrounds during the fair.
The Green Committee needs help to collect the bottle caps that will be traded for the recycled bench. The Green Tree Plastics Company will provide an environment-friendly colored bench made from the recycled caps. The company requirement is the youth must be involved in the collection, cleaning and sorting of the bottle caps.
The Green Committee has come up with a contest for 4-H clubs and their members, which can be considered a community service project. It takes 400 pounds and $200 to acquire a bench. The 4-H clubs that collect and turn in 50 pounds or more of clean washed caps will have their club name placed on the bench. So start collecting now and be part of this green project.
Our goal is to collect the 400 pounds before Wednesday, July 1 so that we can have the bench for the 2015 Fair. The caps will need to be delivered to Jan Robinson, chairwoman of the Green Committee.
The types of caps to be collected are as follows: (All caps must be clean)
- Milk Jug Caps
- Drink Bottle Caps- Water and Soda
- Juice Bottle Caps
- Detergent Caps
- Toothpaste Tube Caps
- Hair Spray Caps
- Flip Top Caps- Such as Ketchup and Mustard Tops
- Sprout Caps- Such as Mustard Tops
- Deodorant Caps
- Medicine Bottle Caps
- Ointment Tube caps
- Spray Paint Caps
- Cottage Cheese Container Lids
- Yogurt Lids
- Cool Whip Container Lids
- Coffee Can Lids
- Mayonnaise Jar Lids
- Cream Cheese Container Lids
- Butter Container Lids
- Peanut Butter Container Lids
- Ice Cream Bucket Lids
- Medicine Bottle Lids
The following items are not acceptable.
- Metal- Of Any Kind
- Trigger Sprayers
- Fast Food Drink Lids
- Soap Pumps
- Lotion Pumps
Collect all of the acceptable caps listed above, and any cap with the recycle number of 2, 4, or 5. Medicine and Vitamin Bottles are acceptable if they have a recycle number of 2, 4, or 5. (Be sure to remove the personal information label off of the medicine bottle)
Contact the Green Committee, Jan Robinson at (574) 875-6775 to let her know your club will take part in this project and for any questions you may have.