Do you buy bot­tled water?

The Tribune (NZ) - - GREEN SPOT / CIVIL DEFENCE -

Fill col­lected bot­tles with sand, paint with num­bers and chal­lenge a child to a game of skit­tles. Cut the top off, fill with bird­seed and hang from a tree.

It’s con­ve­nient to buy bot­tles water at the su­per­mar­ket or lo­cal dairy to drink while we’re out walk­ing or bik­ing, to have on our desks at work or to drink while trav­el­ing. What do you do with the empty bot­tle? You can ei­ther re­use it or re­cy­cle it.

When you add your bot­tle to your re­cy­cling bin it is col­lected from the kerb and taken to the Awa­puni Re­cy­cling Cen­tre where it is sorted into the dif­fer­ent plas­tic codes. All plas­tics have a code on the un­der­side to in­di­cate the type of plas­tic they are made from. Water bot­tles and soft drink bot­tles are PET and coded with the num­ber 1, com­pared to milk bot­tles which are HDPE and coded 2. You can also re­cy­cle in other ways. Slice the bot­tom off the bot­tle, make a small hole in the lid and in­vert the bot­tle into the ground be­side fruit trees or spe­cial plants, fill with water and use to slow water your plants. Large water bot­tles can have one side re­moved and nailed to an out­door wall. Fill each bot­tle with com­post and grow herbs in each one.

There are hun­dreds of ways to re­cy­cle. Toss­ing your emp­ties out your car win­dow is not an op­tion.

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