Bottles for Babies, which was started by longtime resident Francesca Chase last July 4, continues its recycling efforts through the Covid-19 pandemic to help purchase diapers and food for infants.
“When I learned that there were about 2,000 babies in urgent need of food and diapers [in West Los Angeles], I knew I had to do something,” Chase told Circling the News last fall. “I know what it is like to struggle as a single parent and have a baby depending on you.”
Through the fall, Chase put up donation bins at different locations throughout Pacific Palisades, and people were able to put recyclable plastic bottles into them. Not only did she receive five cents for every CA CRV bottle, which she donated towards food and diapers for babies on the Westside, but since the City of Los Angeles does not recycle from parks or city streets, it meant it was an environmental win, too: plastic did not go to landfill.
“In response to this pandemic, Bottles for Babies is continuing to collect plastic bottles with the addition of aluminum cans,” Chase wrote in an April 19 email to CTN, noting that every plastic bottle or aluminum can is worth five cents.
With several stores, such as Gelson’s, putting a hold on recycling during the pandemic, Chase is finding it easier than ever to collect bottles and cans.
“During this uncertain time, we believe this is an opportunity to do some self-reflection and self-improvement,” Chase said. “It has never been more important to take care of the world we live in today, and recycling plays a big role. Recycling is easy and is something every family can do in the home.”
“For everyone’s convenience, we have a temporary drop- off location for the next couple of months [at 524 Via de la Paz],” she said. Just walk up the driveway and you will see the donation boxes in front of a white gate. As an added bonus, “We will pick up for seniors.”
“We request that you keep the plastic and aluminum cans in separate plastic trash bags that can be tied at the top, as a health and safety precaution,” Chase said. “Wait until you have a full bag (kitchen trash is usually about a 13-gallon bag). Please separate plastic from aluminum regardless of size. No need to count the number in each bag as the recycle centers go by weight.”
Raised in the Huntington Palisades by Phillip and Judith Chase, Francesca has two older sisters and a younger brother. She attended Corpus Christi and Palisades High School, then USC, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in education and clinical psychology. She taught at Canyon Elementary School for 15 years before switching to a career in psychotherapy. She now works as a realtor for Keller Williams Pacific Palisades.