Vintage West Virginia: Bottle cap recycling

Father and son recycling team, Harry Lieble and his son, Charles, a Morris Harvey instructor, use a device to crush soft drink bottle caps for reprocessing. Along with the Rev. Richard Mahan, they collect approximately 1,500 pounds of caps each week and sell them. Profits from the sale of caps are donated to the church and to various charities. Charlie Lieble explained, “Nobody else was doing it, and 1,000 pounds of aluminum was being dumped in the trash each week.” He said he was looking forward to the day when all beer and soft drink cans will be made out of recyclable aluminum. Currently, only Falls City and Miller High Life beers come in recyclable cans. April 24, 1974 photo by Ferrell Friend.