Any ideas for pill bottles?

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   Posted 10/19/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I'm a recycle junkie.....I hate to throw anything away that can either be recycled, or reused.  Well, last night I was filling my weekly pill container and ended up with 4 empty pill bottles.  I thought to myself, millions of these things go into our landfills every year, wouldn't it be great to find something to do with them?  So, I used one to put some sewing needles in, used the other for some buttons.  I put some thumtacks in one, and the last one I filled with pennies that were in my purse.
I'm sure there's many other things we can do with them.  GOT ANY IDEAS? idea

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   Posted 10/19/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a recycle junkie too, and I saved pill bottles for years, hoping they would finally start recycling them......but no one ever did accept them. I finally put them into the earth. :(
I've heard that sometimes vets' offices might take them. I've also heard that foreign countries might take them.
I'm aghast at how many of these bottle go into landfills. Seems like they could make them out of carboard or at least make them recyclable. I think they are #5s, right? I called around, and nobody could help. I think if companies were held more responsible for the waste that comes from their product, we could make some progress in this area. Sorry I couldn't help! But at least we can commiserate with each other!

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   Posted 10/19/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a bigger one to carry my quarters to the laundromat. I often wondered if the pharmacy would take them back. I know if you have refills, you can carry your bottle and they will reuse it. But yes, I throw a lot of them away and it seems like such a waste, not to mention when they go to the landfills.

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   Posted 10/19/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, you can't recycle them? We can here.

Other ideas: use them to keep daily portions of cats' milk fresh (divide into portions, freeze, and then defrost as necessary). Use for storing dried herbs or spice powder.

Ooh! Why not donate them to a pre-school? The teachers could use them for doling out individual portions of paint, or for washing paint brushes.

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   Posted 10/19/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Many churches will request your old pill bottles for their seniors, also you can contact a local senior center, they may have need for them for their clients. Also many kindergarten or pre/after school programs may be able to use them for storing craft items.

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   Posted 10/19/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My pharmacy has a pill bottle drop off and they recycle all the bottles back to be used for new pill bottles. I'd call your pharmacy and ask if they have a drop off first before trying other solutions.
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I also use them around the house for different things. I use them when we travel to take smaller amounts of stuff in. It would be nice to recycle them as many as goes in the trash each day.
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh boy
I put beads and seeds and rocks and whatever will fit in them. I bet if you looked up "pill bottle crafts" or something there would be a bunch of crazy ideas.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't remember where Mom & Dad used to donate theirs but there was some kind of program that gave meds to the needy and they took any and all pill bottles to recycle for their patients. Your pharmacy may have a clue about this.
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   Posted 10/20/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
QTKaren.......what part of the country do you live in? I called a bunch of pharmacies around here (central Indiana), and nobody recycles them. Its a shame.

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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i would clal your local public health office i am sure they would know where to drop them off or who takes them

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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
to keep: buttons, other small sewing items, screws, nails, picture hanger hooks, cat toys! (my cat loves to roll them around) and be sure to mark what's in them with magic markers.  And there must be a way to make Christmas tree ornaments, too....

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   Posted 10/21/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I found this while searching for uses of the pill bottles.

Prescription/Pill Bottles for Donation
Prescription or pill bottles are saved because there are some countries that are so “poor” that they can't afford prescription bottles. Over here, it is illegal to re-use prescription bottles. But in these other countries, they don't have these laws, because they need all of the help that they can get! Please mail them to Amvet´s Post 208, Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.

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   Posted 10/26/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey i live in newjersey and they are collection them thru churches for the military! FOr the guys over seas.

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   Posted 10/26/2008 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   

my medications are packaged in a 7 day at a time "webster pack" which i pick up every monday from my chemist. all my pills are in there, seperated into what time of the day they need to be taken etc. its super handy, no bottles, jars etc and at the end of the week, the packaging goes in the recycling.


It works for me!

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   Posted 10/26/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Cait and I use them for so many things
The bigger bottles we put the cue tips in........

Eyeliners and mascara as well ....
She has so much muck upp

I also use them for spices.........and label them..........

I had a retirement ho,e where they came in monthly Blister packs .......
Very easy to recycle them

My doc is checking into a pharmacy here that will do my meds in "Blister packs "

I can still use more ideas I have so many bottles.........

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   Posted 10/26/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   

The blister packs are a great idea. . . It is what they use in the nursing homes and hospitals. . . Plus if the doc takes you off of something, and you still have pills left, the pharmacy will buy them back (As long as the seal is unbroken:)



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Post Edited (Green Grove) : 10/26/2008 1:57:37 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to build a castle with my pill bottles!!

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