In 2022, following the ANMF (Vic Branch) Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference, the Branch became a drop-off collection point for members looking to recycle medication vial plastic flip caps. Since then, we have received over 50 kilograms of caps!
These caps have been diverted from landfill via two organisations: Reverse Art Truck and Recycled Pen Art, who re-use and repurpose the otherwise non-recyclable plastic into materials for schools and art projects.
The latter organisation, Recycled Pen Art, is run by a Branch member and her paramedic husband, who use the colourful plastic of intravenous medication vial caps to create unique, individually crafted pens.
They make lovely gifts, and Recycled Pen Art donates $1 from each pen sold to the Sea Turtle Foundation, a not-for-profit non-government organisation that works to protect these endangered creatures whose lives and habitats are threatened by plastic that ends up in the oceans.
Members who join us for the 2023 Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference on Thursday 27 April will have the opportunity to purchase one of these beautiful writing implements for a special, competitive price.
If you would like to donate your caps for re-use, you can drop them off at the Branch, 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, Level 8, attention ANMF Environment Health Officer Ros Morgan.