Plastic Bottle/Jug Lids Can Now Be Recycled

July 13, 2010

Lids Must Be Attached To Bottles

City of Madison residents will now be able to recycle the lids and caps from their plastic bottles. The lids/caps must put back on the bottle to be recycled.

"This is good news for recycling. It is another thing that will make it easier to recycle plastic bottles and jugs," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "While a lid or cap is a small thing, they really add up."

Madison residents are asked to empty their plastic bottles and then give them a little squeeze to let some of the air out before reattaching the lids. It is very important to reattach the lids and caps. Loose lids and caps are screened out of the recycling system and will not get recycled.

"Caps and lids are made from plastic that is different than the plastic in the bottles so they could never be recycled along with the bottles," Dreckmann said. "The recycling industry has developed improved sorting systems that separate caps and lids in the washing process to that both the lid and the bottle can now be recycled."

"In addition to adding to the recycling stream, the recycling of plastic lids and caps should reduce litter," Dreckmann added.

Contact:
  • George Dreckmann, 267-2626