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Collecting caps for community park benches

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Volunteers remove papers from caps and sort to make sure there are no unacceptable items included. (Submitted Photo)

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By Bianca Cheney
Special to the Daily Record

Thanks to many community members, Roswell will soon be receiving 23 beautiful park benches made from recycled caps and lids. This project started in March 2019 with the students at All Saints Catholic School. They wanted to do something good for the community, as well as learn about recycling and a little math on the side.

The students at All Saints were not able to pay for the benches earned, so a partnership was created with MainStreet Roswell. The school will keep one 6-foot bench for themselves and 10 benches will be installed in downtown Roswell.

Over the last 18 months or so, other groups have participated in collecting, sorting and weighing caps to earn their own benches. Each bench takes 200 pounds of caps and lids, as well as $250-$300, depending on the color selected.

A small fee was also assessed to help pay transportation costs for our volunteer driver. The factory is in Indiana, so he’ll be on the road for about a week. The benches are received right after the caps are unloaded and weighed, so fortunately we don’t have to make two trips.

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I’ll help you with the math — 23 benches equals 4,600 pounds of trash that will not go into Roswell’s landfill. That’s a great accomplishment — over two tons!

We are continuing to collect caps and lids for more benches. Acceptable items include recycle 2, 4, 5 only (ketchup, mayo, milk, juice, water, yogurt, laundry, spray can lids, etc.). No containers, straws, take-out containers or lids, metal, trash or coins. Also please make sure your items are clean.

If your group (preferably children/teens) would like to join in this great project, or if you’d like more information, please contact Bianca at 622-1820.