CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Lions Club, Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and The Carbondale Park District are teaming up to teach a lesson about recycling and create a new bench for the Hickory Ridge Golf Course.

The three organizations are seeking to collect 400 pounds of plastic in various forms to drop off at Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana, where the recycling company will turn the recyclables into a bench. The process will be part of Green Tree’s ABC Promise Partnership, which is a cap and lid program designed by school children for school children.

In order to qualify for the program, Green Tree must have a pledge from a children’s organization that children will be involved in the collecting, sorting and weighing of the plastic.

All sorts of different caps and lids will be accepted as long as they're plastic and don't not have any metal — caps for medicine bottles, milk jugs, detergent, hair spray, toothpaste, drinking bottles, spray paint and flip-top caps. Lids for cottage cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt, peanut butter, ice cream buckets less than eight inches, coffee cans and butter containers will all be taken.

Individuals can drop the lids off at the Boys and Girls Club; Murdale Ace Hardware, formerly True Value; the Carbondale Park District office in Hickory Lodge; or with a member of the Lions Club.

The collection drive has also sparked a healthy competition among members of the Boys and Girls Club, according to executive director Tina Carpenter.

“The group that collects the most caps will get a pizza party,” she said.

Outside of a child’s love for pizza, Carpenter said the high-school students have really connected with this project and are leading the competition.

“The older kids get it and understand why recycling is so important,” she said. “They are really responding well to it.”

Jim Dooley, president of the Lions Club, said the idea came when a club member said he felt another bench would be helpful on the golf course. After research, the club found Green Tree and is willing to pay the about-$250 processing fee that goes along with the construction of the bench.

He said there have been about 100 gallons collected as of Tuesday, but in order to reach the necessary 400 pounds, the organizations will need to collect enough lids to fill ten 55-gallon bags.


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