Due to the overwhelming generosity of the community, we are UNABLE to accept any more plastic cap donations until further notice. Our team of volunteers needs time to clean, sort, transport caps and deliver the recycled plastic benches to local organizations.
— Laurie Mullet, CEO
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Pines Village is transforming trash into indestructible park benches that are donated to nonprofit organizations in Porter County. Each bench is made from 400 lbs of caps.

10 tons of plastic caps have been eliminated from local landfills since the residents of Pines Village began in 2014.


Recipients of Our Recycled Plastic Benches:

  • Housing Opportunities

  • Opportunity Enterprises

  • Phoenix Center Healing Garden

  • Porter County Aging & Community Services

  • Porter Starke Services

  • St Agnes Day Center

  • Gabis Arboretum Children’s Garden

  • St Paul’s Prayer Garden

  • South Haven Christian Church

  • United Way of Porter County

  • Washington Township Elementary School

  • Banta Senior Center

  • Butternut Springs Girl Scout Camp

  • The Caring Place

  • Central Christian Church

  • Christ Church

  • PACT

  • Discovery Charter School

  • Duneland YMCA

  • Dunes Learning Center

  • Family House

  • Hilltop House Day Care Center


Looking to volunteer?


The Pines Village Caps Crew is always looking for volunteers to help sort and collect clean caps. If you (or a group you belong to) are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact us at 219-465-1591 or l.meyers@pinesvillage.org.


Metal of any kind CANNOT be accepted as it can damage or even break the machines used to recycle the plastic caps.