Bottle Caps to Benches Program is a Great Success!

We received a total of 5257 pounds in caps and lids through our Bottle Caps to Benches Program. These will be recycled into benches by Plastics R Unique in Wadsworth. So far, we have purchased 11 benches and have enough caps to get another 40. We are overwhelmed with the great success of this program. Since we have enough caps to recycle into so many benches, we will not be collecting the caps any longer.

Two groups were the winners of our competition and each collected 200 lbs of caps: the TWC Geocaching Club and American Greetings (Westlake Branch). They will receive handmade bottlecap magnets for their team members and their name on a bench.  

We received caps from all over: Alaska, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, and more. 

15 volunteers spent over 10 hours sorting the caps that were donated.
Our staff has made 4 trips to Plastics R Unique in Wadsworth to deliver the caps!
The finished benches will be placed throughout The Wilderness Center and along the trails.

Since we have enough caps to recycle into so many benches, we will not be collecting the caps any longer. If you are interested in places to recycle your bottle caps, contact:

Plastics R Unique

Green Tree Plastics

If you would like to dedicate a bench in memory of a loved one, to honor a special occasion, or to showcase your group, please see details about our Bench and Brick Dedication program. Leave a lasting memorial at The Wilderness Center!


  1. Linda Witte on October 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Where in Cincinnati, Ohio can I donate a couple boxes of caps to?

    • tiffany on October 27, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      We are no longer accepting caps. You will need to search locally for somewhere to donate them. You can try asking our production partner:

  2. Brittany Mandabach on October 30, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Hello! My husband is trying to find somewhere that makes beaches out of bottle caps that we are getting together. His father passed away 2 weeks go and he wants to get a bench made for his gravesite so the grandchildren have somewhere to sit with papaw.
    Please let us know if you do things like this!

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