Southern Highlanders have teamed up to reduce waste and help those in need.
Bowral High School students worked with the Bowral Country Women's Association and the Coffee Guru in Mittagong to help children in need of prosthetics.
Since September the determined team have collected more than seven kilograms of bottle caps. Rather than ending up in the bin, the plastic will be donated to Envision Hands.
Envision Hands is a charity that collects plastics and recyclable waste destined for landfill and turns it into filament for 3D printers. The components are then printed and the prosthetic hand assembled.
Bowral High English teacher Natalie Ottens started the initiative among staff members at the school.
"Collecting the bottle caps is better than them ending up in landfill," Mrs Ottens said.
When the students found out about the project they took it to the next level and got the CWA involved.
Bowral CWA president Evarne Coote said "all of us were just collecting our own bottle caps in dribs and drabs."
The team needed more man-power and luckily Mrs Coote knew just who to ask.
She approached Coffee Guru owner Hiren and asked if he wanted to join the endeavor. Hiren said his staff enthusiastically saved caps for the next few months.
The group haven't finished their mission yet and will continue to collect bottle caps for charity.
Mrs Coote said everyone involved was going to "keep on keeping on".
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