Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Recycling Glass Jars?

Recycling glass jars is nothing new, but it meant saving the jar rather than throwing it in the recycle bin. Only the broken ones were thrown away. The others were used for a multitude of household purposes. Mason jars were prized possessions because they would used the next canning season. But, we also saved jelly jars for drink glasses. Kraft salad dressing jars, pickle jars, and instant coffee jars were saved to be used in home canning and storage. One of our favorite cookie jars was a wide mouth gallon sized pickle jar. It never occurred to us to just throw them away. While recycling is definitely necessary, think the next time you put a glass jar in the bin. Can it be used for another purpose? These jars make great storage places for dried beans, spices, fruit, leftover soups, homemade salad dressings, shakers for instant pudding or drink mixes, candy, flower vases, homemade gifts, home office storage for pens, and a multitude of small items in your garage or basement.

Save what you can from the landfill, and recycle what you can't.

Here are some Household items that can be recycled:


  • All food and Beverage Containers
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Clear
  • Green


  • Catalogs
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Telephone Books
  • White Packing Paper


  • Plastics with a neck (bottles) and the number 1 or 2 in the recycle symbol on the bottle.


  • Brown Fiber Paper
  • Brown Grocery Bags
  • Brown Packing Paper
  • Cereal Boxes (remove liner)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Other Chip Board Boxes

Mixed Cans

  • Dog/Cat Food Cans
  • Tin/Steel Cans
  • Vegetable Cans
  • Aerosol Spray Cans (Empty / No Lids)
  • Aluminum Cans

1 comment:

Mom said...

Great idea to use recycled jars to store things! I've been plagued with Indian Meal moths this fall...and I was thinking of buying Tupperware but you gave me a better idea. Great blog!