(Closed) What do you do with your bottles?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you do with your bottles?
    Take them to the depot for a deposit : (13 votes)
    18 %
    Take them to a charity bottle drive : (0 votes)
    Donate them to groups that pick them up : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Use a company that gives a portion of the deposit : (0 votes)
    Use a company that picks them up without recieving a deposit : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Toss 'em : (14 votes)
    19 %
    Recycle them with all the other stuff : (39 votes)
    53 %
    Other? : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I buy milk in glass bottles and take those back to the grocery store the following week since it’s a hefty $2.50 deposit. The deposit for beer bottles/cans is like $0.05-0.10 and we don’t drink enough alcohol for it to be worth a trip to return at The Beer Store. I don’t think there are deposits for anothing else. We tend to recycle most glass bottles.

    Post # 4
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Well, we don’t do deposits in NJ, so we recycle.

    Lately Fiance and I have been on a huge saving-all-the-beer-bottles for his next batch of homebrew, but I’m just about ready to throw those in the recycling, too! BAH

    Post # 7
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @AB Bride:  Depends on your state! If you go to NY (especially NYC) then yes, people look for bottles.

    But in NJ we can’t trade our bottles in for a deposit, and it’s illegal to go to another state and do so if you’re not a resident of that state (because I think you pay the deposit up front when you purchase the bottle?)

    But yeah we just toss them in bins and they get recycled whenever a truck comes to pick them up.

    Unless you’re at my office which doesn’t recycle bottles, where you will find a nice pile of them under my desk to take home to my own bins next time I rememeber haha

    Post # 8
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    No bottle deposits here either so we just take things to the recycling drop off every few weeks. I just went there today actually.

    Post # 9
    3400 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    In Michigan any carbonated drinks cost 10 cents extra at the store, but we can get the 10 cent despite back if we return them to a store.

    We always take our bottles back, but I try not to drink enough carbonated drinks to require a lot of trips to the store to retrieve the deposits.


    Post # 10
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I don’t understand what a deposit is for, or what a bottle depot is… I recycle all glass/plastic/aluminum/paper and a truck comes to pick it up once a week. I don’t get any $ for it, on the contrary I have to pay an extra $2.50/month on my water/utilities bill if I wante to recycle at all.


    Post # 12
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    How about recycle them? I am not sure where you live but I put them out with the garbage in a “blue bin” and the garbage man reclyces them.

    Post # 14
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @AB Bride:  In Michigan it’s $0.10/ea for any carbonated beverage.  Stores that sell it have to collect it but also have to give it back to you.  Most grocery stores have machines that you just feed your cans/bottles into, get a receipt, and collect your money. 

    So we save all of them and make a trip every few months (don’t drink a lot of that stuff).  We bring rubber gloves, dump it all in a shopping cart, and race either other to see who can get the most $$.  🙂

    Anything that doesn’t have a deposit gets recycled (like wine bottles – those I keep saving for crafts, then my husband gets sick of them and puts a bunch in the recycle).

    Post # 15
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    When we were in Maine for a vacation we saved all our bottles to bring them to the deposit place…it was very exciting!  They even knew that one bottle hadn’t been bought in Maine (we had no idea) due to a mark on it.  Crazy.  We got like $4!!!!  I would find it tedious to do all the time, though.

    Post # 16
    8672 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted other. We have big blue recycling bins that the city comes around and picks up.

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