Over 20,000 thousand swimming caps are handed out at NSW ocean swims each summer. Most of these will be thrown out straight away, or left in the bottom of a swimming bag, never to be used again. Over the 2016/2017 season, in order to reduce waste to landfill, Recap collected around 4000 caps, which were given away to swim charities, council pools, schools and artists. There are currently no recycling options for swimming caps - don't believe the nonsense that just because latex is "natural", it will biodegrade quickly.
A further aim of Recap is to not only find homes for these unwanted caps, but to encourage swims to reduce cap production and allow swimmers to bring their own caps. Some swims have come on board, but there is a long way to go.
To find out more about Recap, head over to the Facebook or Instagram sites, and please get in touch to donate your old caps or to enquire about receiving some. We have given thousands of caps to schools and swim clubs, and it helps them save money too.