Sorry folks – but we’re not collecting bottle tops any more!
At our church we help run a food bank and a furniture bank [an initiative we know as “God’s Hands”]; so our parish nursing team draws alongside people in crisis. All modest sums that we raised by our milk bottle top initiative went towards this very worthy cause to help those in need in the our area.
Many, many, many thanks to all those who regularly got involved! Below on the right is a table showing all collections, giving the number of bags delivered and their total weight. In the end we collected just over 1.6 metric tonnes – 241 bags, approximately 965,000 tops – the weight of an average grey whale, a typical car or an average hippopotamus. Not bad for little bits of plastic.
Initially we deposited 11 bags in Portsmouth weighing in at 71 kilogrammes at GHS – from then on they have come all the way out to Edenbridge to collect from Kernow.
So where did it go?
GHS started recycling the milk bottle tops collected by Naomi House. When Naomi House moved to collecting old mobile phones GHS were overwhelmed with calls from collectors to carry on the recycling. They now collect through most of the South of England and get calls from all over the country!
There is a minimal payment amount of 500kgs but GHS are happy to collect from Edenbridge and maintain an “account” of how close we are to the 500kg target. So far GHS have recycled over 30 tonnes of milk bottle tops since they began the scheme.
The condition of the bottle tops …
If you are thinking of donating, GHS stipulate that they must be milk bottletops and must be clean. This means not only washed but free of any paper sticking to them, foil inserts or labels. Other kinds of tops are not accepted as they are usually made with different plastics – this includes fruit juice tops, water and coke bottle tops, jam jar lids, washing detergent tops, beer bottle caps, batteries, …
Once granulated, the milk bottle tops go to make hard plastic toys for children, such as slides and other garden toys.
They also go to make even more bottle tops!
February 2017’s collection of tops
July 2016’s collection of tops
December 2015’s collection of tops
February 2015’s collection of tops
June 2014’s collection of tops
June 2013’s collection of tops
October 2012’s collection of tops
August 2011’s collection of tops
Loads sent to date …
|January 2011||11||71 kg|
|August 2011||15||105 kg|
|January 2012||9||56 kg|
|July 2012||29||197 kg|
|October 2012||15||97 kg|
|June 2013||23||151 kg|
|June 2014||42||285 kg|
|February 2015||23||157 kg|
|December 2015||28||200 kg|
|July 2016||26||162 kg|
|February 2017||20||126 kg|