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What do you do with your used wine bottles?

jthogg Sep 12, 2008 09:00 AM

Recycle? Keep them to display somewhere? Just curious. I toss out the everyday bottles and keep the bottles with a label I like.

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    bclevy RE: jthogg Sep 12, 2008 10:03 AM

    Recycle! I used to have to do a recycle run every 2 months or so,
    but the city where I live now recycles all plastic or glass containers.
    It has distributed special sorting bins for containers and paper to
    all homeowners and picks them up once a week.

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      maria lorraine RE: bclevy Sep 12, 2008 03:21 PM

      Recycle, unless the bottle is art, like Dolce or the Perrier-Jouet Fleur. But I recycle those too, either using the Dolce bottle for olive oil, or dish soap (wth a pourer/stopper) or giving it away. If the bottle has sentimental value -- like the Perrier-Jouet Fleur Rose Champagne that we drunk for an anniversary (it was given to us), I may use it awhile as a flower vase, but I can be kinda corny. Eventually that bottle went to a friend who used it in a sculpture.

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      mengathon RE: jthogg Sep 12, 2008 03:22 PM

      If I kept every bottle with a label I like, I don't think I'd have a place to sleep.

      Might be easier to remove the labels, and recycle the bottles. Once in awhile, I keep a bottle to use as a water carafe.

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        rindinella_k RE: jthogg Sep 13, 2008 10:41 AM

        I bring them to the beer store for the refund, usually once a month.

        Saying that, i also have one I kept for everyday olive oil, a few clear ones I use for water, and the smaller 200-375 ice wine bottles or half bottles get kept to infuse olive oils in. Simple fill bottle with say rosemary, fill with olive oil, put a cork back in it then forget about it for a while.

        Labels, I usually take off the ones I like and put them in a book to keep them flat (not glued into a book but just placed in between some pages.)

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          RicRios RE: jthogg Sep 13, 2008 01:49 PM

          Once upon a time you would take the bottles back to the store and buy loose wine.
          Oh well...
          Next best: take them to Italy and watch out for the signs "Vendita vino sfuso".

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            The Chemist RE: jthogg Sep 13, 2008 03:57 PM

            Clean them, remove the labels and fill them with more wine. Now THAT'S recycling! =D

            1. diablo RE: jthogg Sep 13, 2008 04:05 PM

              Why, I use them as a cheesy candle holder of course!. After a few dozen taper candles they become a vintage 70's work of art!

              1. thew RE: jthogg Sep 13, 2008 04:07 PM

                i used to paint them and use them as bud vases or candle holders.. gave many away

                now i dont do that anymore

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                  bubbles4me RE: thew Sep 14, 2008 11:19 PM

                  I give them to a neighbor, he loves us...soooo many bottles he makes a little cash and I feel good knowing they are going to good use....again

                2. Bill Hunt RE: jthogg Sep 20, 2008 06:10 PM

                  Recycle bin. Sometimes, it is tough wheeling it up the mountain, but that's life.

                  Now, if I could only find something to do with my corks. I've got more trivets and message boards, than I can ever use or give away. I've used them in any way that I can think of, save one. On Hilton Head Island, the sommelier of a restaurant there, had used a glue gun to affix Champagne corks to the entire exterior of his Dodge mini-van. Somehow, I cannot see my Landcruiser with corks all over it, and wife won't even consider that treatment for her Mercedes! Do you need a few thousand corks?

                  Hunt

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                    RicRios RE: Bill Hunt Sep 20, 2008 06:15 PM

                    "Now, if I could only find something to do with my corks"

                    Put a couple corks in the frying pan, it extends the life of the oil.
                    Sounds weird, I know, but it works!

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                      yamalam RE: Bill Hunt Sep 23, 2008 04:41 PM

                      Well Mr. Hunt, I was thinking of repainting the apt, but if you're offering, maybe I'll go for something like this (see pic). What would the postage be on 5000 corks?

                       
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                        MMRuth RE: Bill Hunt Sep 23, 2008 04:43 PM

                        Hmm - maybe you could use them for a cork floor? (grin)

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                          bubbles4me RE: MMRuth Sep 23, 2008 04:53 PM

                          Bill,
                          I know we get tons of teachers asking for our extra corks, maybe contact a school, daycare or woman's shelter see if they might need some free "project" supplies. The other request we get is from people who raise orchids...don't ask I have no idea why but maybe ask a nursery?

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                            MMRuth RE: bubbles4me Sep 23, 2008 04:54 PM

                            Cork is probably used in the potting of orchids.

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