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A Pile of Pill Bottles
Published on May 21, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes talks about the challenges of recycling pill bottles ... as well as the useful things you can do with them.

Here's an excerpt:

"Ever since my husband acquired a few chronic health conditions, we have developed a chronic prescription pill bottle problem.

They keep coming in. The pharmacies won’t refill them, so every month more and more show up at our house.
Of course, they are useful little bottles, straight sided with lids that screw on tightly, and we are lucky enough to receive three different sizes. Or four, or even five some months. They are handy for holding small things, including nails, bolts, screws, hair pins, seeds, fishing hooks or those little gripper things that pop off our ice creepers and need to be put back on.

Our tool boxes and junk drawers are full of the bottles, stripped of their labels and marked with content info with a Sharpie: 'okra seeds,' 'thumb tacks,' 'roofing nails.' The tackle box has a few, the seed drawer has more. There are some in the freezer and spice cabinet, holding caraway seeds and xanthan gum, and in the sewing box, holding pins and buttons.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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