How You Can Reuse & Recycle Plastic Waste
In the United States over 50 million plastic bottles are thrown away daily, between water bottles, laundry detergent, food containers, and more our lives are filled with plastic. Since we are so dependent on plastic, we must take the initiative to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic bottles. Take a look at these DIY projects that can help minimize your impact on the environment and even save you money while reusing your plastic waste!
Plastic Bottle Supply Cups
Office buildings are a major contributor in landfills, rather than tossing your soda or water bottle, take it home! Clean out the bottle and turn it into a home for pens, crayons, and other craft / office supplies at home. Use colorful tape to line the top where you’ve cut to protect your kids from any sharp edges.
Reuse Coffee Creamer Containers as Snack Storage
Once you’ve finished a bottle of your favorite coffee creamer, reuse the plastic bottle and turn it into a snack container! Fill the plastic containers with your favorite snacks, they’re easy to pour and great for road trips. You can also reuse the containers to store sugar, salt, coffee beans and other household products.
DIY Plastic Bottle Planter
Create your own DIY plastic bottle planters from 2 liter bottles. Turn your plastic waste into something useful, use it indoors for a fun creative way to get your kids into gardening. Take a look at these easy step by step instructions on how to make a plastic bottle planter:
- Cut the bottom third of a 2-liter bottle.
- Paint the bottle white or the color of your choice.
- Use parts of the rest of the bottle to cut out ears.
- Draw a face and other features on the bottle.
- Fill the bottle with seeds and soil.
Start an Herb Garden With Empty 2-Liter Bottles
This project is similar to the DIY plastic bottle planters, upcycle your 2 liter bottles into sub-irrigated planters. Follow these steps to create your own herb garden from the recycled bottles:
- Remove the label from the bottle and clean the inside.
- Take a sharp object and poke drainage holes in the top third of the bottle.
- Poke a hole in the side of the bottle about half-way down.
- Wrap a piece of paper around the bottle.
- Take a marker and trace a cutting line around the bottle.
- Cut along the bottle on the line.
- Flip over the bottle top and insert a strip of fabric.
- Make sure the fabric is in contact with the soil.
Make Sure All Plastic Products Are Recycled
Of course if you’ve found a way to re-purpose your plastic waste then you don’t need to toss it to the recycle bin. But some items may not be reusable and will need to be properly disposed of. Make sure you have a plan to recycle the plastic products you haven’t used, set up containers to make it easy on you and your family, and for when it’s time to take the waste to the curb.
We hope you’ve found these ideas helpful when recycling and re-purposing your plastic products. Remember recycling doesn’t need to be a tedious task, it can be fun and creative and even save you some cash! Take the extra step to properly disposing of your recyclable waste and cut down on your carbon footprint. If you have a ton of household waste that you’re unsure how to dispose of, call us at Dumpster Rental Inc for an eco-friendly dumpster rental! We will properly dispose of your unwanted junk as easy as 1, 2, 3, call us today for a free quote!