Recently a wind storm blew one of our empty 5-gallon reusable water bottles* under my wife’s car. Not knowing it was there, she backed over it. The top of the water bottle was completely destroyed. While the bottom of the bottle was also damaged, it was usable to be repurposed. We decided to make an exterior planter out of it. The steps of our minor project were:
- I cut the top of the badly damaged water bottle off using my grinder’s cutting wheel. Time: 5 minutes
- I drilled four 3/8″ holes in the bottom for drainage. Time 5 minutes
- My wife painted the bottom of the bottle black with gold glitter. Time 10 minutes
- My wife planted the planter from starts obtained from cuttings from other plants in our yard. Time: 5 minutes
I put the badly damaged top of the bottle out to be recycled. It was picked up within 10 minutes by a private recycler.
Total cost: $8.00 ($7 for the bottle deposit, $1 for paint.)
So, there was zero waste due to repurposing and recycling.