5 Ways To Recycle Plastic Containers

While pur­chas­ing goods in plas­tic con­tain­ers, we often neglect to start recy­cling and sav­ing our envi­ron­ment from non-biodegrad­able prod­ucts. How­ev­er, we can recy­cle plas­tic con­tain­ers pur­chased from our shop. Here you will find 5 oth­er recy­cling uses for plas­tic containers.


First, the things you need:

- Any plas­tic con­tain­ers -Glass jars with lids

- Plas­tic gum con­tain­ers -Shoe boxes

- Emp­ty toi­let paper roll -Plas­tic but­ter dishes

- Emp­ty paper tow­el roll -Plas­tic meat container


1. Look around your house to see where you could re-use a plastic/cardboard con­tain­ers. Start sav­ing plas­tic con­tain­ers that food come in and also shoe box­es, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, gift box­es. When you need to orga­nize look to the con­tain­ers you have saved. There are many uses for these con­tain­ers. Shop at home before going out to buy plas­tic containers/organizers…you will not only save money…but also save the earth.


2. If re-using plas­tic con­tain­ers for non-per­ish­able items…go to your local craft shop and pick up some scrap-book­ing paper and dec­o­rate the con­tain­er to make it per­son­al and dec­o­ra­tive. You can also use per­ma­nent mark­ers on plas­tic con­tain­ers to dec­o­rate them. Get the kids involved and make it a rainy or sun­ny day project. Kids love to cre­ate and it will also get their cre­ative juices flow­ing as well as teach­ing them to re-use and recy­cle. Plas­tic con­tain­ers can be used to send left overs home with guests or to save any left overs for lat­er. They are great to orga­nize your junk drawer…rubber bands, paper­clips (the plas­tic gum con­tain­ers are good for these), screws & nails, bat­ter­ies, etc. the list can go on and on. Just get cre­ative and the ideas will flow.

3. Plas­tic con­tain­ers come in many shapes and sizes and if you just sit and look at it and say to yourself…“what could I re-use this for?” before throw­ing it away…I am pos­i­tive you will come up with some use and save a pen­ny or two for your­self. You may also want to put those pen­nies and dol­lars that you saved by recy­cling in a jar for a rainy day adventure.

4. Re-use your paper tow­el rolls and toi­let paper rolls to keep your craft sup­plies organized…wrap rib­bon around them or elas­tic. Make a tele­scope for the kids or try and dream up a kalei­do­scope. There are many things you can do…again…just let your cre­ative juices flow.

5. If you are using a shoe box these are great for stor­ing bank state­ments, cred­it card state­ments, pens, pen­cils, office sup­plies. Dec­o­rate the out­side of these with paper as well or use white or brown craft paper and use per­ma­nent mark­ers to dress them up and label them with what is in them. Box­es can also be used in linen and bath­room clos­ets to orga­nize your bath­room sup­plies. They are great for a work room or garage, as well.

Remember, the 3 R’s; Re-use, Reduce and Recycle.

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