Published on February 27th, 2018 | by University Communications


Caps of Love celebration, send-off on March 22

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 Student Affairs conducts the Caps of Love program at Saint Leo and will continue to collect plastic bottle caps until Tuesday, March 6. 

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.

On March 23, 2017, 12,000 pounds of plastic caps—enough to fill 21 pallets—were loaded onto a truck and shipped to Commercial Plastics Recycling in Tampa. On July 13, the university presented a new wheelchair to Michael Ledford, a rising fourth-grader at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills, FL. Michael’s wheelchair was purchased using funds raised by Saint Leo and its many community partners through the Caps of Love program.

The third annual send-off event for the bottle caps will be at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in Parking Lot 13 near the tennis courts. There will be pizza, music, and a Popsicle truck! The truck is expected to arrive at 1 p.m. 

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

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