Whiting schools and city government employees have won top honors in a recent contest that will recycle tons of plastic bottle caps into 25 park benches.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District recently announced students and employees of School City of Whiting collected enough plastic lids to be processed into four benches that Green Tree Plastics Inc., of Evansville, will manufacture.
Second place went to Crown Point, which recycled enough plastic to win three benches.
The solid waste district will award two benches to Merrillville, Golden Manor Senior Apartments in Hammond, Wilbur Wright Middle School, Schneider and Hess Elementary School and Morton Elementary School in Hammond.
The solid waste board will award single benches to Eads Elementary School in Munster, Edison Elementary School in Hammond, Ridge View Elementary School in Hobart, Lincoln Elementary School and Girl Scout Troop 30457 in Cedar Lake, Hammond Family YMCA and Lowell High School.
Jeff Langbehn, executive director of the solid waste district, said the Cap-A-Thon contest "resulted in the collection and recycling of five tons of plastic."
"That's enough plastic lids and caps to fill more than 95 gallon trash totes," he said.
The district announced last year it would donate the $200-per-bench manufacturing price to any group willing take the plastic cap recycling challenge.