Easton club closes in on two-ton mark in its quest to recycle bottle caps

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Who knew the Boys and Girls Club of Easton could collect so many bottle caps?

Or that members of the community would be so eager to help?

The club at 210 Jones Houston Way in Easton started collecting the plastic caps last summer. The caps get recycled and in exchange the club raises money for outdoor furniture.

The effort netted the club a triangular outdoor table and benches in October. It took more than 550 pounds of bottle caps to merit that piece of furniture.

Since then the club has cashed in more than 1,000 pounds worth of caps for two chairs and a table/bench combo, all of which arrived at the club on Wednesday, March 11.

Caps for Kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Easton receives new outdoor furniture on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as part of the Caps for Kids program.Courtesy Boys and Girls Club of Easton

The club is still sitting on more than 2,000 pounds of caps, according to club executive director Dean Young.

“The community who responded, they left us overwhelmed by their generosity and overwhelmed by caps and lids,” Young said.

The Bethlehem-based Martino Marketing Group organized the campaign. They sent the caps to Green Tree Plastics, which in turn sent the club the furniture.

The club has the remaining caps in storage in a garage. It’s unclear what will become of them. Once the club has met its outdoor furniture needs, the club might donate the remaining caps or caps collected in the future to other organizations.

He said the club is in talks with the City of Easton concerning storage of the caps and the possible placement of more furniture in city parks.

“We would love to see the effort continue,” Young said.

He said employees from Carmax came to the club Wednesday to assemble the newly-arrived furniture.

Caps for Kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Easton receives new outdoor furniture on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as part of the Caps for Kids program.Courtesy Boys and Girls Club of Easton

Employees from area Kohl’s department stores have volunteered to help assemble any furniture that’s ordered in the future.

It’s unclear whether the furniture will be used much in the coming weeks. The club remains open but will follow the lead of the Easton Area School District regarding closure due to the statewide coronavirus outbreak.

If the Easton schools close, the club will close, Young said.

“We want to err on the side of caution,” Young said.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. If there’s anything about this story that needs attention, please email him. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.



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