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Post by Jaded Green on 29th June 2010, 10:25 pm

I don't like to boast, but I think I've got recycling bottles, jam jars, juice cartons and plastic bottles pretty well sorted. True, it would be nice if there were less of some of these things, but they are not going into landfill.

However, I seem to be left with whole lot of screw tops from bottles, lids from mayonnaise and jam jars, plastic lids from lemonade bottles and the odd lids, cap, tops, whatever they may be Icon_redface plastic milkbottle. Also the plastic lids from the Innocent Smoothie cartons, which have been on special offer lately and irresistible. The Innocent pack no longer has an inner plastic seal as it "saves over 20 tonnes of plastic a year" so those plastic lids I do have probably mount up over time.

We are asked to take tops off jars and bottles - all the pictures in my recycling guides are of topless bottles and jars.

Mine all go into the bin. What does anyone else do?

At one time a friend was saving milk bottle tops and similar for charity, but I don't see her regularly any more so can't pass them on.
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Post by polgara on 29th June 2010, 10:33 pm

I have the same problem & apart from stupid ideas cannot really come up with a lot.

If you have smalls around, drill a central hole & they can practice threading.

Lots of holes & the jar & you get a seed sprouter.

The cardboard inners make the wizzers we used to play with.

They are the most sensible things I can up with at the moment

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Post by Dandelion on 30th June 2010, 9:19 am

This does drive me mad, because I'm sure if the tops were saved up in bulk they jolly well could be recycled. In our region where we have a grand new mixed recycling sorting centre, the recycling is (I believe) sorted by sight, so the shape/form of the stuff is important. This means that we can recycle margarine tubs as they are 3D but not the lids, which although they are the identical plastic they are more 2D. (I haven't yet managed not to be at work when they have a tour round the recycling centre - CW may know more.) We can however recycle jam jar lids. If you have a skip for waste metal at your local tip they could probably go in there.

Anyway - part of my job involves occasionally working in Special Needs at school, where although secondary the children still use counters for maths, so plastic milk bottle tops could go down very well in a situation like this. (I have an idea that the 'scheme' for collecting milk bottle lids was revealed to be a scam, or at best an urban myth - google for more info) Schools are sometimes glad of all sorts of lids for collages, junk modelling etc

Lids from large plastic tubs can be used to mix paint in school, or stuff like aradite/polyfilla at home.

I hate to say that all the rest go in the bin in our house, which feels like failure!

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Post by Compostwoman on 30th June 2010, 9:42 am

Right ho

plastic milk bottle tops

http://www.ghsrecyclingltd.co.uk/ will pay money for them.

There are local green centres which also collect them, (probably to send them on to GHS!)

I know of one in Brighton, but I expect there are others more local to you!




Also the Worcester Scrapstore will take them

( washed , of course!) so if you have one nearby try asking?

Jam jar lids, metal screw tops from bottles etc. As far as I am aware these go into the recycling bin as metal. IF your kerbside collection bin does not want them for some reason, save them up and take them to the METAL skip at your nearest Household Waste Site.

Hope this helps?


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Post by Compostwoman on 30th June 2010, 9:45 am

I HAVE coloured and highlighted the links, above but for some reason it is not working?

The Worcester Scrapstore, and green centre in Brighton, are weblinks for you to follow...
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Post by Jaded Green on 30th June 2010, 1:51 pm

Thanks, this is really interesting.

CW, your links work if you click on the titles next to the coloured bits! When you put your mouse ion them they do change colour.

Looks like I'll be accruing another collection in box somewhere for the metal lids lids, cap, tops, whatever they may be Icon_rolleyes Mr JG will be SO pleased lids, cap, tops, whatever they may be Icon_evil
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Post by Dandelion on 30th June 2010, 4:03 pm

That sounds like my aluminum foil collection - I'm collecting it until the council put collecting bins in relevant places, as we can no longer put it in recycling bags. Just playing the waiting game.... lids, cap, tops, whatever they may be Icon_lol

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Post by Jaded Green on 12th June 2011, 10:50 am

Further to my remarks about collecting plastic bottle tops - as you can see, a real
bugbear of mine - I collected all our plastic tops for a while and took
them to the local recycling centre but was told they had to go into
household rubbish.

Why can't they make lids of recyclable plastic?


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what is the situation with some frozen dessert tubs where the lid is
clearly made of the same plastic. Is this a "one size fits all" ban on
lids?
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Post by MrsC on 12th June 2011, 1:18 pm

Here we are told to put the tops back on plastic bottle and put them both in the recycling together.

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Post by Jaded Green on 13th June 2011, 8:52 am

MrsC wrote:Here we are told to put the tops back on plastic bottle and put them both in the recycling together.

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That makes sense to me. Think I'll do that here....
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Post by polgara on 10th December 2011, 9:45 pm

I have just found out our local hospice shop collects the plastic lids from the plastic bottles of milk.

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