- Press Release (11/02/18): Save those caps! KPSLB kicks off Buddy Bench project
- WQCS 88.9 FM (2/25/19): Fostering Friendship And Conservation, One Buddy Bench At A Time
- Buddy Bench Flyer
- Keep America Beautiful (11/15/19): Save those caps! KPSLB continues its Buddy Bench Project
Save those caps!
The City is encouraging residents and community members to collect plastic bottle caps – which typically cannot be recycled locally – and help Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful (KPSLB) re-use and transform them into community “buddy benches”.
The kickoff for the Buddy Bench project began on America Recycles Day on November 15, 2018 with a rally at West Gate K-8 School. KPSLB received a $500 Waste-in-Place Grant from Keep Florida Beautiful to get the project off the ground, which is part of a nationwide movement to give children a place to sit with a buddy when they are feeling alone or bullied.
The first phase of the Buddy Bench project sought to place three benches in three different schools. Expectations were exceeded and KPSLB brought four buddy benches to West Gate K-8, Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock and Ivy League.
In 2019, KPSLB will kick off the second phase of this project on America Recycles Day, November 15 by holding special Ribbon Ceremonies at each of the four schools receiving their Buddy Benches. Somerset Academy, Southport Middle School, Sunlight Christian Academy and Village Green Environmental Studies Schools all started collecting caps last Spring and throughout the summer to attain their 200-pound per bench goals. The four schools collected a total of 807.3 pounds of caps! KPSLB will then work with the five schools who have signed up to participate for 2019-2020: St. Lucie West K-8, Rivers Edge Elementary, Savanna Ridge, PACE Center for Girls, and Northport K-8.
"This Buddy Bench project is a perfect fit with Keep Port St. Lucie’s goal to expand awareness for litter prevention and recycling,” said Georgette Beck, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Coordinator. “It also allows us to work on the City’s strategic goals to partner with our local schools and to keep Port St. Lucie safe, clean and beautiful.”
Each school needs to collect 200 pounds of caps to create one bench. Once collected, KPSLB sends the caps to Green Tree Plastics, based in Evansville, IN, who have created a program designed to fabricate the benches to help educate students about recycling. Community members are invited and encouraged to help the students reach their goal of 200 pounds of caps.
Any local business or community group that would like help one of these local schools attain their Buddy Bench by sponsoring a bench can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103.