Plastic bottle caps are at the heart of an island-wide effort to take action against plastic pollution.
Students at Cayman International School and other island schools are collecting the colorful caps through home recycling and beach-combing efforts for use in art projects and other up-cycling effort.
Grade 12 student Cameron Walters told Cayman 27 the end product is intended to inspire.
“A lot of these plastic bottles and plastic caps can’t be recycled unlike the bottle itself [***see editor’s note], so we are trying to do our best to take it and put it towards something that will make a difference, and sort of open people’s eyes as to what can be accomplished and what should be accomplished,” said Mr. Walters.
Murals in the works include Cayman’s Coat of Arms, an underwater scene for ocean awareness, a logo for Plastic Free Cayman, and a sensory board for the Lighthouse School.
The bottle cap drive lasts through 11 February.
Participating partners include Lucky Slice and Cayman Creperie, the Marriott Beach Resort, Vivo Cafe & Restaurant, JUNK, The National Gallery, the National Trust, and the Art Nest.
***editor’s note*** not all plastics are recycled in the Cayman Islands, though some bottle caps may be recyclable. Here are guidelines for recycling from the Department of Environmental Health:
- The DEH currently recycles Aluminium cans, used motor oil, used cooking oil, batteries (both lead-acid and nickel cadmium), scrap metal, natural Christmas trees, glass and type 1 & 2 plastics. Contact the DEH at 949-6696 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org