How to Recycle Avent Bottles

Avent baby bottles, which are manufactured by Philips, are comprised of various plastics, include some that contain the chemical Bisphenol A. Scientists believe this chemical BPA can leach from the plastic into the milk in the baby bottle -- especially if the bottle is subjected to high heat. As a result, parents may choose to recycle their Avent bottles. Recycling centres do not accept some types of plastics because they are hard to melt down. When this is the case, parents may opt to reuse the Avent baby bottles in a different way.

Locate the number on the plastic baby bottle. It may be a 7 or a 4 or there may be no number. This number determines whether the type of plastic is being accepted by the local recycling centre or waste management facility. Facilities usually provide such information on their websites or over the phone. If the plastic is being accepted, you can drop it off. Remove the nipples from the Avent baby bottles.

Fill the bottles with water -- if they aren't accepted by the local recycling centre -- and allow your children to use them to clean off paintbrushes or to hold paint during arts and crafts time.

Turn the Avent baby bottle into a rattle. Fill one quarter to one half of the bottle with dried beans, beads or rice. Glue the lid and nipple shut with super glue. Make sure the glue is on the inside of the bottle so your baby doesn't suck on it. Once the glue drys, give the rattle to the baby.

Gather sand from the beach and pour it in to the Avent bottle. Add seashells, miniature crab figurines, or tiny boats to create a beach scene. Super glue the lid and display on a dresser or mantle.

Paint the outside of the Avent bottle. You can paint it one colour or add a design, such as a rose. Fill three-quarters of the bottle with room temperature water and add a fresh flowers. Display in the middle of the kitchen or dining room table.

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