Bottlecaps to Benches

Student’s Service to the Community through the Anderson Parks

Anderson Township is fortunate to have many service oriented groups that benefit the community in wonderful, meaningful ways. 9United is one such organization that has recently partnered with the Anderson Park District helping to keep and make Anderson a great place to live, learn, work and play.

9United is a student-led organization of committed citizens from all nine Forest Hills Schools providing authentic service opportunities throughout the community. This unity strengthens 9United’s ability to positively impact many lives through opportunities to give and receive.

Bottlecaps to Benches is a current 9United project that we are excited about! The project collects plastic caps and lids that will be recycled into benches. Typically plastic caps and lids are not considered recyclable and unfortunately end up in the landfill. However, 9United takes the plastic caps and lids they have collected to a company in Indiana, which has figured out a way to recycle them into useful things including benches. 9United then donates the benches to Anderson Parks for you to enjoy!

We need your help to give back to our community! Join us in the effort. Drop off your caps and lids to the Juilfs Park office, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Collection containers are also located in the nine Forest Hills School cafeterias for student participation.

9United representatives anticipate the first park bench will be installed this fall for the community to enjoy. To learn more about this project or about 9United, visit

Acceptable Plastic Caps and Lids include:
  • Plastic caps from medicine and drink bottles
  • Milk Jug Caps
  • Flip-top and spout caps (ex. ketucup and mustard)
  • Detergent caps
  • Hair spray and spray paint caps
  • Toothpaste and ointment tube caps
  • Deodorant caps
  • Caps with recycle numbers 2, 4 and 5
  • Food container lids - examples include plastic lids from cottage cheese, butter, cool whip, mayonanaise, peanut butter, coffee, yogurt, cream cheese and ice cream containers