How to Recycle Plastic Milk Containers

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How to Recycle Plastic Milk Containers
Plastic milk bottles are No. 2 recyclable plastic. (Container of milk. Plastic milk bottle image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Plastic milk containers are a bulky addition to the bags of garbage a homeowner collects for the local landfill. Quart and gallon plastic milk jugs are high-density polythene, which is recyclable. Identify the grade of plastic by looking at the bottom of the bottle. Notice a recycle triangle symbol with a number stamped inside of it. HPDE plastic has a number 2 as the identifier. The bottles are sent for recycling by municipalities. The crafty homeowner can recycle milk containers into reusable containers and decorations.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy-duty kitchen shears
  • Sharp knife

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Instructions

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    Rinse the interior of the plastic bottle thoroughly to remove any remaining milk. Toss the cap in the trash or save it for a craft project.

    How to Recycle Plastic Milk Containers
    Clean containers in the sink. (kitchen sink image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Set the bottle in the drainer and allow it to air dry. Crush the bottle to flatten it unless you use it for a garden or craft project.

  3. 3

    Place the bottle in a recycling bin or storage bag.

  4. 4

    Take the bottles to the landfill or recycling area in your neighbourhood, municipality or apartment complex.

    How to Recycle Plastic Milk Containers
    Use recycling bins that work for home or business. (container image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com)
  1. 1

    Cut the front and bottom sections out of a plastic milk bottle with heavy-duty kitchen shears or knife to make a simple scoop for pet food.

  2. 2

    Cut four segments out of the sides of the milk bottle with a sharp knife. Tie a piece of clothesline rope or rustproof wire to the handle. Hang this recycled bird feeder in a tree. Fill with bird seed.

  3. 3

    Cut shapes from a plastic milk bottle with heavy-duty kitchen shears. Encourage children to paint the shapes with acrylic paint for decorative ornaments or mobile pieces.

  4. 4

    Cut squares from a recycled milk bottle with scissors. Punch a line of holes along all four sides. Crochet the squares together for a tote bag.

  5. 5

    Store compost tea in a reusable plastic milk bottle. Set clean milk bottles out in the rain to catch water for garden plants. Hang a full bottle of rainwater over a hanging plant outdoors. Poke holes in the bottom of the container for a slow leaking effect. This will water a plant during a vacation trip.

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