Tarragindi Community Garden Helps Recycling Efforts, One Bottle Cap at a Time!

bottle caps for recycling at Tarragindi Community Garden
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Did you know that in early March 2023, Tarragindi Community Garden turned over a total of 350 kg of bottle caps for recycling to the Resitech recycling plant?

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Tarragindi Community Garden Recycling Partnership

Tarragindi Community Garden has partnered with The Resitech Group, a plastic resin manufacturer based in Wacol to recycle bottle caps.

Resitech collects clean industrial plastic waste, granulates, wash and extrude it for re-use into the market by either returning the recycled waste to their original supplier (Toll Recycling) or selling the plastic as a high-quality resin. 

In March 2023, Tarragindi Community Garden collected 350 kg of bottle caps in total.  

“A massive effort from everyone in our community but especially to our king of bottle tops Darryl Simpson!  Thank you to Councillor Krista Adams, Brisbane Sustainability Agency and the Brisbane City Council who support our unique recycling hub,” fonder Renae McBrien shared in a social media post.

Tarragindi Community Garden bottle caps
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The group’s bottle top lids’ recycling bin has been added to their recycling station in 2021. They also have a separate recycling bin for metal bottle tops, which usually come from wine, beer, soft drinks etc.  

Once collected, metal battle caps usually directly go to United Scrap Metal at Hemmant who will process them back into reusable metals.

Tips Before Bringing Your Bottle Caps

Tarragindi Community garden recycling
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If you’re planning to give plastic cups, they advise sorting them and cleaning them first. You should also remove any foam inserts from the bottle caps. These are loose pieces inside juice containers.

They normally aim for #2 (high-density polyethylene) and #5 plastic (polypropylene). High-density polyethylene or HDPE plastic is among the safest sorts of plastic and can be reused without any harm. They are commonly seen in milk jugs and bottle tops.

Polypropylene, on the other hand, is a widely-used type of plastic because it’s light, heat-resistant and sturdy. They are often used for bottle caps because of their durability and cost effectiveness.

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Once cleaned and sorted, you can bring your bottle caps to the Tarragindi Community Garden recycling hub located at the Wellers Hill Bowls Club, Esher St Tarragindi. You can learn more about their initiatives by checking them out on Facebook.

Published 11-March-2023