Want to talk about how to keep stuff out of landfill? Here is your place to do it.
Post Reply
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 23
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:38 pm


Post: # 236496Post Rich.H
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:43 pm

Realised just now that while I tend to reuse and recycle all my jars and bottles, the lids from these still end up in the bin. This includes lids from glass jars with twist on caps, plastic milk bottle lids, cordial bottle lids and so on. Anyone got any ideas what to do with any of these lids?

Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 122
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:16 pm

Re: Lids?

Post: # 236516Post MEL78
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:44 am

a couple of years ago there was a local boy with special needs and his family were collecting the plastic milk tops for fund raising...not sure how they were getting money from them though but might be worth looking in to....maybe if you freecycle the jars with lids for people to make jam .....

Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 41
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:44 pm
Location: Walsall, West Mids. UK

Re: Lids?

Post: # 241264Post Lentil
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:52 pm

I make jam & use the jars with safety button lids for quick bottling of fruit etc. but the lids wear out before the jars, spare lids are useful to people like me & save storing every jar you get, just in case.

Also the metal lids should be taken out of your landfill garbage before burying, by using a strong magnet: They would then be recycled, as they are made of steel. This is done by most councils I think :-)

From: Walsall, West Mids. UK

User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 802
Joined: Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:25 pm
Location: Lincolnshire

Re: Lids?

Post: # 241273Post pelmetman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:56 am

I suppose you could thread them up and hang them from trees/bushes as bird scarers :iconbiggrin:

We save all our plastic milk bottle tops, my sister knows someone who collects them and gets money for the brownies/scouts, so there are obviously charities out there that make use of them.

Sue :flower:
Kind Regards
Pelmetman Dave
Pelmetlady Sue
Pelmetdog Troy

User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 4287
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:42 pm
Location: Swindon, South West England

Re: Lids?

Post: # 241325Post Thomzo
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:04 pm

I save plastic lids then pop them into my planters and hanging baskets (upside-down) where they trap water for the plant roots. Just don't use lids from nasty chemicals.

Otherwise, we can recycle plastic and metal lids through our kerb-side recycling. Ask at your local tip, maybe they can do the same.

Think globally, shop locally
Check out my blog at

User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 885
Joined: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:53 pm
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Re: Lids?

Post: # 241359Post gregorach
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:26 am

They ask you to remove the lids so that the bottles crush down - the lids themselves are mostly recyclable though.


Post Reply