Kadena Middle School cap it off to save world

by Samy Fineman
Kadena Middle School

Kadena Middle School National Junior Honor Society, or NJHS, students are saving the world one bottle cap at a time. Bottle caps, which are created with a different variety of petroleum in order to sustain pressure, cannot be wholly recycled. This practice causes a problem for conservationists, and the issue of plastic pollution isn’t limited solely to the top of the bottle either: according to the Plastic Oceans Organization, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year. Recognizing this global issue, KMS NJHS students began collecting bottle caps from different seminar classes each week throughout the 2nd quarter of the school year. After 2 months, the students had collected and counted over 40,000 bottle caps to be donated to the Ryukyu Recycle Cap Campaign, or RCC.
The RCC is an Okinawa-based company which collects bottle caps and turns the caps into small chips in order to mix the caps with other materials, mainly coconut husks, to create an eco-plywood which can be utilized for different home and construction projects. The benefit isn’t solely an environmental one, however. The RCC states that for every 431 bottle caps collected, the company donates money to purchase polio vaccines.

Students will continue to collect bottle caps as part of their NJHS Bottle cap Committee throughout the rest of the school year.

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