The ABC campaign is an opportunity for children to make a difference in their communities while learning about sustainability and putting into action a recycling project with tangible results. Once the caps and lids are collected from people throughout the community, the children are supervised in sorting and weighing the plastic.
For every goal met, the plastic is taken to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, where it is exchanged for a park bench. Other items are also available through the program, such as standard and ADA-compliant picnic tables. The amount of plastic required is dependent upon the item, ranging from 200 to 1,100 pounds of plastic per item.
How you can help
Once you've collected your plastic, please place them in a plastic bag and drop them off at the Chandler Town Hall; there is a collection box located in the foyer. You may also bring them to a Chandler Park Board meeting or contact 4 A Better Chandler, Inc. for additional options.
Throughout this campaign, we may ask for volunteers to help with sorting and weighing the plastic, and to help with transportation of the collected lids and caps and pick-up of the recycled items. Be sure to sign up as a volunteer if you're interested in helping with any of these tasks. We hope to have periodic weigh-ins to keep the community updated on our progress to meet our goals as the project moves along.
Finally, each bench has an additional cost above the donation of plastic. While the Chandler Park Board intends to continue the program as long as it is able to purchase the benches and/or picnic tables, individuals and businesses are certainly welcome to donate toward this expense. Pricing varies dependent upon the item purchased:
- $200 for a 6 foot bench (requires 400 lbs. of plastic)
- $250 for an 8 foot bench (requires 500 lbs. of plastic)
- $450 for a 6 foot picnic table (requires 1,000 lbs. of plastic)
- $500 for an ADA-compliant or standard 8 foot picnic table (requires 1,100 lbs. of plastic)