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Community Groups

Collecting, washing, drying and colour sorting lids is a great activity for community and disability support groups. We love working with these groups and supporting their efforts to connect and uplift their members.  Before you start collecting please ensure you have contacted your local state coordinator.

Our Plastic Problem

Aussies love their coffee and love their cereal with a glass of juice for breakfast, and bottled water and soft drinks, which means a lot of plastic lids going straight to landfill! That's because most small plastic lids aren't recycled.

The CleanAway recycling centre in Sydney processes over four million containers per day (and that’s just the bottles and cans returned for the 10c refund via the NSW Return & Earn container deposit scheme). Think about all the plastic bottle lids from all the bottles that aren’t cashed in and all of the bottles and lids that aren’t even recycled. 

The good news is that many Australians are becoming more environmentally responsible and adopting sustainable alternatives to reduce their carbon footprint and their single use plastic consumption. Some States and Territories have banned single-use plastics including drinking straws and takeaway cutlery. More and more businesses are also choosing to stock refrigerated beverages in glass bottles with metal lids rather than plastic (PET) bottles with plastic lids. Many schools and sporting canteens have stopped selling bottled water and sugary soft drinks altogether encouraging families to stick to tap water and healthier low sugar drinks.

Our Plastic Solution

Australians are large consumers of plastic bottle lids. So to help local community groups, not-for-profit clubs (such as scouts, sporting clubs) and volunteer organisations such as Rotary, Lions), become more environmentally responsible, we're introducing our Lids4Kids Supporters Program. 

Our program aims to empower community groups to become local Lids4Kids Legends by:

  • preventing each and every one of their plastic milk bottle lids from going to landfill

  • inspiring behavioural change, increasing awareness and encouraging recycling among their members, volunteers and local community

  • volunteering to become a Lids4Kids Public Collection Point to accept washed plastic bottle lids from their members, volunteers and local community (optional)

  • delivering their collection of colour-sorted lids to their local Lids4Kids Drop-Off Point

Benefits for Community Groups, Not-For-Profit Clubs and Volunteer Organisations

Our Lids4Kids Supporters Program aims to deliver many tangible and intangible benefits to members including encouraging them to:

  • reduce the amount of your plastic waste going to landfill

  • become an agent of change in your local community

  • inspire members and local community to do the right thing for our environment and reduce the amount of plastic in landfill through recycling

  • increase web traffic to your community group website and social media pages

  • receive Lids4kKids Supporter recognition on our website 

  • receive recognition in their community with a window membership sticker and certificate to display in your foyer

  • receive recognition on our Lids4Kids Supporter leaderboard for how many kilograms of plastic lids your community group has rescued from landfill

Your Commitment to our Environment

At Lids4Kids Australia, we understand that community groups can be very busy places, often with time-poor volunteers and management. However, we believe that recycling to protect our environment is a worthwhile enough cause to inspire members and staff to volunteer to help reduce your plastic waste. We trust that this would earn the respect and support from management committees and hope that you will register as a Lids4Kids Supporter and pledge the following commitment for our environment:

  • re-use a plastic container to collect your plastic bottle lids

  • recycle all recyclable materials and prevent it from going to landfill and waterways and hurting our wildlife 

  • consider rescuing plastic bread tags, metal lids and batteries (if accepted buy your local Lids4Kids)

  • donate ineligible lids to daycares and schools to be used for craft or wall murals

  • encourage members to wash and dry all of your plastic lids before providing them to Lids4Kids

  • consider advertising on social media asking members to volunteer to assist

  • ensure all lids from families are washed, dried and sorted before you accept them

  • re-use old boxes to sort your plastic bottle lids into separate individual colours and plastic types

  • wait until you’ve got a few boxes full of colours to make a local Lids4Kids drop off worthwhile

  • recruit a volunteer member to drop off your lids to your Town Coordinator

  • ensure that your volunteer combines their errand to reduce our carbon footprint

  • display your Lids4Kids Supporter window sticker to inspire local businesses to join in

  • display your Lids4Kids Supporter certificate in a prominent place to inspire members to bring in their lids

  • display your Lids4Kids flyer and update your total kg of plastic you’ve rescued

  • consider making a donation to help us turn your lids into new products

  • consider becoming a Lids4Kids sponsor to help us purchase more plastic lid recycling equipment

  • download our FAQs, flyers, factsheets and tips to see how else you can get involved

  • encourage your members to reuse their plastic bags whenever they can and to then take all plastic bags and wrappings to supermarkets for recycling

  • encourage your members to adopt other environmentally friendly actions like installing solar panels or switching to a 100% renewable energy provider and switching to suppliers that use carbon neutral production and packing

  • share updates in your newsletter, Facebook, Instagram or your website to share your plastic recycling journey

  • share a link on your website to Lids4Kids Australia to raise awareness of our charity and cause

  • consider adopting zero plastic initiatives like banning plastic straws and plastic cutlery

  • consider selling beverages in glass bottles with metal lids instead of plastic bottles

  • consider composting your organic waste 

  • consider donating any leftover food to your local community food bank  

  • consider acknowledging and rewarding your members for their sustainable initiatives

  • consider setting-up a recycled plastic workshop

  • encourage your members to suggest ideas of what your plastic lids could be turned into

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