Published on February 14th, 2017 | by University Communications


Donate plastic bottle caps by March 3 for Caps of Love

Saint Leo students, faculty, and staff, as well as area business, schools, and community organizations, are collecting plastic bottle caps for Caps of Love, a Florida-based nonprofit organization that recycles plastic tops. The Office of Residence Life conducts the Caps of Love program at Saint Leo and will continue to collect plastic bottle caps until Friday, March 3. Bottle caps may be dropped off at the front desk at the Student Activities Building. 

The proceeds from recycling the plastic are used to purchase new and refurbished wheelchairs for children with mobility disabilities. The main types of plastic Caps of Love recycles are Polypropylene No. 5, Polyethylene No. 2, and Polyethylene No. 4.

Sorting and boxing of the caps will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, March 5, in the area between Kirk Hall and the Student Activities Building. “Volunteers are welcome,” said Heidi D’Ambrosio, senior coordinator for Residence Life.

Last year, Saint Leo donated 8,000 pounds of bottle caps, and 14 pallets containing the plastic were shipped by truck to a recycling facility.

The big send-off for the bottle caps will be Thursday, March 23, with a party featuring snacks, music, and giveaways beginning at 1 p.m. in Parking Lot 13 near the tennis courts. The truck should be packed at about 2 p.m. for recycling at Commercial Plastics Recycling in Tampa.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Heidi D’Ambrosio at or (352) 588-8268.

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