Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

Catron Courier - - News -

While metal and glass are both eas­ily re­cy­cled it’s not al­ways easy to get to the re­cy­cling cen­ter—and that takes gas. With the cost of trash go­ing up, it might be time to look at reusing metal cans and glass bot­tles.

For cans, clean them, drill holes in the bot­tom, peel off the la­bels, sand down the edges and at­tach to an old pal­let. Stand the pal­let in the gar­den with t-posts to hold it up­right. Now you have great straw­berry or herb planters. Stag­ger the cans for a more artis­tic look.

Or cover the cleaned, sanded cans in fab­ric or yarn to make great pen­cil hold­ers. Clas­sic cans—with la­bels printed into the metal—are even bet­ter and can be stacked in a tier with the larger cans at the bot­tom for a great dis­play/holder.

Cleaned tin cans are also idea for lu­mi­nar­ias. Punch holes in the side and put tea lights in the cans.

Glass jars with lids are per­fect for nail and loose screw hold­ers—you can eas­ily see what you have in the jar. And jam glass jars are per­fect for re­use for more jam this sum­mer.

Glass bot­tles can be painted and turned into vases or can­dle hold­ers.

For more ideas go on­line. Th­ese days there are dozens of great ideas for reusing metal and glass.

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