Even as we do our best to recycle (having to drive 35+ miles to get to a center of any kind), there are always things that are not accepted in our area or that simply aren't recyclable. Boo!
Enter: the bottle brick.
The concepts is simple. Dry out a water bottle. Fill it with stuff that is not recyclable ... chip bags, styrofoam packing peanuts, the plastic covering you peel off the inside of your yogurt container, etc. What about an old pair of shoes? You can totally chop them up and shove them in a water bottle!
Get a stick or a paint brush or a butter knife and pack that crap down in there tight. Work it as you go along. It's terribly therapeutic. When you want to scream at someone, just tamp down a bottle brick. You may be saving the environment AND your marriage.
And you'll be surprised at what can fit into one of these things.
Fill it up. Screw the cap back on. They become as hard as bricks. Really.
At which point, you're all like, "That's cool. But what the heck do I DO with them?"
We are collecting ours with plans to build a cob bench in front of our house. So, you could do the same. You could mail yours to us. You could contact The Bottle Brick site for more options, ideas and information.
We are eeking out at least another eight years from this old double wide. At that point, we'll probably donate it to a deer lease (squeezing even more recycled life out of it). When the time comes, maybe we'll have enough bottle bricks to build a whole cob house. On a platform. Above flood stage. Hmmmm ... not sure how possible that is, but we've got eight years to figure it out!