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 non-sense that just because latex is "natural", it will biodegrade quickly.
Into the future, the 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. Already, some swims are on board.