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 Morning after. What do I do with all these solo cups, bottles, and cans around my house?

Posted on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011

No worries, you can both drink responsibly as well as clean up responsibly: 

  • Glass bottles- Glass is a great recyclable item because it can be recycled over and over again with no quality degradation. So toss that bottle in the recycling, and have no worries about the lime wedge left in the bottom; recycling facilities actually can take care of that. Bottlecaps, however, must go in the trash...unless you're feeling creative.
  • Aluminum cans- Recyclable!
  • Solo cups- Did you know these ubiquitous party favorites are also recyclable? Check for the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom, but most of these cups are #6 recyclable plastic. Better yet, wash them and reuse them if you can.
  • Wine corks- More than 60% of the world's cork is used for wine bottles. ReCork, a cork recycling company, has collected over 14 million corks to recycle; set a box by your vino collection and drop off your corks at the nearest ReCork collection area, which for us is at the Nordstrom's at Valley Fair.

If you tend to have smaller parties (and you know your friends don't walk off with your things), it may make more sense and be cheaper for you to keep a bunch of reusable cups on hand. One easy way of obtaining more drink glasses is to reuse your glass food jars; once you're done with your salsa or peanut butter, wash it out in the dishwasher!

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Food/Drink, Off-campus recycling, Recycling process, Wrappers/Containers

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