How to collect bottle caps for cancer projects

Updated April 17, 2017

Collecting bottle caps for cancer project can seem like a daunting challenge at first, especially as so many people never even think about the tiny pieces of plastic. However, collecting bottle caps for a good cause has been quite popular in many European countries for some time. Like almost any charitable activity, it is important that you are visible to the general public that can help your achieve your goals. Finding the right people is not as hard as it seems if you know how to go about it.

Go door to door in your neighbourhood asking your neighbours to save bottle caps so they can be used for a good cause. Give detailed instructions for people to make it as easy as possible for them. On a certain day of the month, get a few friends with cars to help you pick up the bottle caps that your neighbours leave outside or on the porch in a recyclable bag.

Post regularly to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter about your efforts. Make sure your contact information is easy to find in your posts, and instruct people on ways they can help you collect more bottle caps. For example, people could go door to door in their area, pick up the bottle caps and then donate them to your project. The more people work together, the more will be achieved.

Let other charitable organisations know about your efforts, so they can help you promote your project. Most charitable organisations, particularly those sympathetic to your cause, will be more than happy to link visitors to their website to yours, or give you a short mention on their page from time to time. This can greatly increase the number of bottle caps you can collect from people not in your immediate area.

Set up a donation centre at a local market or grocery store where people can drop off bottle caps. You need to have this approved by the store manager, but most stores are willing to help with charitable projects, especially when it does not bother customers. In most cases, a large rubbish bin with a sign letting passersby know what you are doing is enough to get more people interested in your project.

Recycle bottle caps at local recycling facilities that accept #5 bottle caps for recycling. While not all facilities accept this type of plastic, many do, and will pay cash for bottle caps based on weight. Any money raised can be donated for cancer research or projects in your area or with a national charity.


As your group grows, it might be a good idea to get a volunteer to help you create a professional website so you can reach more people and charitable organisations.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with internet access
  • Volunteers
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Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."