- 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
Save those caps!
The City is encouraging residents and community members to collect plastic bottle caps and lids – 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 kickoff the second phase of this project on America Recycles Day, November 15.
"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 to set up a collection spot can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103. This project will wrap up on April 20, 2019 at KPSLB’s Caring Community CleanUp and Celebration Day.