Building benches with bottlecaps
The Area 3 Team at MPC’s Robinson, Illinois, refinery recently joined nearby Marshall South Elementary students in A Bench for Caps (ABC) Promise Partnership. As a result, 825 pounds of bottle caps/lids were saved from the landscape or a landfill, and two new benches grace the grounds of the school and a local public pool.
“The ABC Promise Partnership is a teaching tool created by Green Tree Plastics aimed at instilling ‘green’ habits in children at an early age,” explained Trent Dahnke, a Complex 5 process specialist and Area 3 Team member. “Students learn how easy and fun recycling can be, and that everyone can make a positive impact on the community and environment.”
The ABC Promise Partnership is student-driven. Children are involved in collecting, sorting and weighing, with partners serving as mentors and support. “We created a collection plan for the refinery, placing boxes in numerous locations throughout the plant,” noted Nate Mathias, an Area 3 Safety professional. “Of the 825 pounds of caps and lids collected, 120 pounds came from the refinery.”
Due to the initiative’s success, students are continuing their involvement in the program, with plans to donate recycled benches and tables to other community establishments. The MPC Area 3 Team has extended its support for ABC as well.
“We’ve since joined the Sumner Attendance Center and Palestine High School in partnerships, with 250 pounds of caps collected thus far,” said Area 3 Team Leader Tim Price. “An ABC Promise Partnership provides an opportunity to support and educate area students about environmental sustainability and further illustrates MPC’s community commitment.”