This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #13 Empty Shampoo Bottles
Yet another omnipresent household item that one day, is just used up and tossed into the garbage. Maybe some of you figure the bottle and cap are both made of plastic, so recycling should be the default option, and you toss the bottles into the recycling bin. But because the bottles are plastic, does that necessarily mean that they can be recycled?
The secret, as with recycling plastic of any kind, is that most plastic containers will have the number type of plastic it is made of stamped on the bottom of the container itself. For a full chart of plastic recycling numbers and their meanings, click here. Consulting this chart and knowing your plastic recycling numbers will ensure that the right containers get thrown in the correct bins.
Shampoo bottles should be considered both recyclable as well as re-useable, with a number of crafty and interesting storage uses that you can find in the links below. Use them for storage of things like thumbtacks or pins. Add water and freeze them for use as cold storage blocks when you picnic in the summer. Cut holes in the bottom to use them as a watering device for plants. The list goes on and on.
Helpful Links on Recycling Empty Shampoo Bottles:
Search by “Shampoo Bottles” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out Green Daze for simple Shampoo Bottle recycling instructions.
Green Answers offers some… green answers on how to recycle shampoo bottles.
An article on Recycle This UK talks about some clever ways to get a second use out of shampoo bottles, including a cup holder for your bike.
Hair Boutique offers instructions on how to recycle empty shampoo bottles here.