2014 Hawaiʻi School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge Winners Announced
Congratulations to the 56 schools from 4 islands that participated in the 2014 Hawaiʻi School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge sponsored by Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation. Through this initiative, 21,862 pounds of plastic bottle caps were collected and diverted from Hawaiʻi’s waste stream. The plastic caps collected have been sent to California, where they will be recycled into new products, including Method’s Ocean Plastic bottle and Preserve toothbrush and razor handles.
Mililani Mauka Elementary School collected the most caps overall and St. Elizabeth School in ʻAiea collected the most caps per student. Both of these schools win a special musical performance by Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation co-founder Jack Johnson. Johnson dropped in on the Mililani Mauka students yesterday and treated them to a surprise lunchtime concert and St. Elizabeth students will get their surprise concert very soon.
The top twelve schools were all rewarded with great prizes, including a Waste-Free Classroom Celebration Kit complete with cloth napkins, reusable Preserve cutlery, cups, plates, and Method Ocean Plastic dish and hand soap.
The 12 Hawaiʻi School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge winning schools include:
1st Place Pre-School - Aiea Hongwanji Mission Academy
2nd Place Pre-School - Central Union Pre-School
1st Place Elementary - St. Elizabeth School - Most Caps Per Capita!
2nd Place Elementary - Soto Academy
3rd Place Elementary - Kahala Elementary School
1st Place Middle/Intermediate School - SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability
2nd Place Middle/Intermediate School - Waialua Intermediate School
3rd Place Middle/Intermediate School - Niu Valley Middle School
1st Place High School - King's Christian Academy
2nd Place High School - King Kekaulike High School
3rd Place High School - Aiea High School
Most Caps Collected Overall - Mililani Mauka Elementary School
The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation blog page includes several great stories and photos from schools about their participation in the challenge.
Mahalo to our partners who supported this year’s Challenge: Method, Preserve, RRR Recycling Service Hawaiʻi, T&N Computer Recycling, Aveda, and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi.
Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be holding another Hawaiʻi School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge in 2015. The environmental education non-profit encourages everyone to reduce and reuse and first steps to minimize waste and pollution.