Caps Crusade


We all know that prevention is better than a cure, we learnt it at school, so Ocean Crusaders is working on a program to ensure plastic caps don’t end up in the environment.  Instead it is recycled to create new products.  And you can help by collecting your own plastic caps and getting them to us via a ‘CAPS CRUSADE CLUB’.

Our CAPS CRUSADE operates in SE Queensland only, where 2.5 million beverage containers are returned daily through the containers for change program.  30% of those are plastic bottles and 40% are being returned with their bottle caps on.  This needs to change.  You need to remove your caps, give them a quick rinse and save them up.  When you have a small collection, visit your local primary school or club who are members of the CAPS CRUSADE CLUB (NB: the CAPS CRUSADE CLUB is a new initiative and soon new schools and clubs that are members will be listed on our collections locations page)


The CAPS CRUSADE is moving to a new phase where primary schools or clubs can become a collection point for caps.  If you are a Primary School or club associated with primary school aged children, you may be elligbile to join the CAPS CRUSADE CLUB.  See more details below.

When returning your caps to a CCC member, your caps will need to be sorted as per our below guidelines.  If returning to a CCC member, they will have a designated collection point.  Please make things easy for them and sort them into colors.

In return for their efforts, Ocean Crusaders will visit schools and talk about the health of our oceans and how recycling prevents debris hurting our marine and bird life.


You can help us out by sorting and cleaning your plastic caps before giving them to us.  Here are some simple guidelines:

  • Ensure all caps are clean – no contamination, no labels – WE CANNOT ACCEPT DIRTY CAPS ANYMORE
  • Separate into the following colors (White, Black, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green and then all the others go together.
  • Caps need to be only LDPE or HDPE which are #2 & #4 on the recycling chart.  That is the number inside the chasing arrow triangle.  If it doesn’t have a number & it is standard size, assume it is #2 or #4.
  • Separate into big and small caps if you can.
  • Separate #5 and dispose of in your yellow bin.  We cannot use them.
  • Remove any foam inserts from bottle caps – The foam inserts are loose pieces inside juice containers.  This does not include the expanded polyethylene that is molded into the cap.
  • Absolutely no metal, aluminium or foil.
  • Use boxes instead of plastic bags.  Plastic bags need to disappear from this world, take them to your local Red Cycle collection at your supermarket.


By becoming a member of the CAPS CRUSADE CLUB, your primary school or club can earn credits towards a visit by the Ocean Crusaders team where we will talk about how to look after our oceans and the benefits of recycling.

In order to become a Caps Crusade Club Member you must fill out the form below to register.  Then you simply start to collect the caps.  Once you have the caps, you need to make sure they are clean and then sort them into the colors as per our sorting guidelines above.  When you have enough, we will organise to get the caps to our facility and credit you for the weight of caps.  For every 10kg of caps provided, you will be credited 1 credit.

To be elligible you must be a pre or primary school or a club for children aged up to 13.  Children’s hospitals are also eligible as are special schools.  If you have a question, just email us here or if you have a great group and want to collect, but donate your bricks to a children’s cause, then please email us.

NB: The CAPS CRUSADE CLUB is only open to schools/clubs and groups in SE Queensland for now.  That means north of the NSW border, East of Ipswich and south of Noosa.

NB: Please note the original offer of bricks has been removed due to the difficulties in creating the bricks.  We are looking at alternatives that we can bring along when we visit your school/club.

(NB: More details on the CAPS CRUSADE CLUB will be available shortly.