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Caps, plastic

Plastic caps that are tightly screwed onto their original plastic, glass, or aseptic containers are accepted in curbside recycling carts and at the Drop-Off Station and Recovery Yard. Even if the cap is not made of the same material as the container, it can still be recycled, as long as it is screwed on tightly.

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Recycle Right!

Secure plastic caps tightly back onto bottles after they are clean and empty. Do not put loose plastic caps in curbside recycling carts. Loose caps are too small to make it through the recycling sorting process and will drop through the cracks of the machines, resulting in them being treated as trash and not recycled. Screwing caps back on the bottle ensures they get recycled!


Choose Zero Waste!

Repurpose old plastic bottle caps to create unique artwork or use them for craft projects. Find ways to reduce plastic bottle usage, switch to a reusable water bottle, opt for bar soaps and shampoos, buy larger pop and juice bottles, and choose brands that use paper or cardboard packaging.


Accepted locally for donation at:

Scrap Creative Reuse Ann Arbor accepts clean plastic caps for reuse.

While we do our best to stay updated on alternative reuse and recycling locations, we recommend that you call locations before taking your item(s) to confirm that they currently accept them. 

Accepted at:

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