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LIDS Away – small plastic trash wreaks havoc

I owe this one entirely to Ideal Bite. They finally gave me some answers when it comes to recycling plastic lids.

No more gray area – REMOVE the plastic lids from the bottles you recycle so that the recycling facility system can work most efficiently. What do to with those lids? First, check with the recycler in your area by entering your zip code here and ask if they take plastic lids. If not, you can drop your #5 lids at any Aveda store for recycling.

Why bother? Because those tiny plastic lids easily escape a secure waste stream and end up in our waterways and other areas where wildlife mistake them for food. “Scientists estimate that around the world, up to one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from eating plastic.” Albatross are especially attracted to plastic, feed lids and other small plastic items to their young. With their bellies full of plastic, they slowly and painfully die of starvation.

(photo from MontereyBayAquarium.org)

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