Plastic water jugs are already an incredibly efficient method for transporting large amounts of liquid, mainly because it doesn’t take much plastic per gallon of liquid. Just 2 pounds of plastic can deliver roughly 10 gallons of a beverage such as juice, soda or water. You’d need 3 pounds of aluminum to bring home the same amount of product, 8 pounds of steel or over 40 pounds of glass. However, if you want your plastic use to be as sustainable as possible, there are a few things you should be doing with your plastic water jugs or other gallon plastic jugs after you’re done using them.

Reuse

There are plenty of ways to reuse clear plastic jugs around your home with a little bit of creativity. With a few cuts and holes, plastic jugs can be turned into everything from shovels to watering cans to dustpans. Additionally, for those not looking for a simple DIY project, these large plastic containers can be a great storage option for dry bulk pantry goods, small nails and screws, cleaning supplies, and more. Just be sure to wash out your containers before you use them for storage.

Recycle

Just because you don’t need more plastic jugs or plastic bottles in your home doesn’t mean your empty water jugs have to go to a landfill. Most of these plastic items are made from recyclable plastic and can be recycled through standard recycling centers. If you’re not sure if your local waste management will take them, check for a number on the jug that indicates what type of plastic it’s made from. Then, contact your local recycling center to see what types of plastic they will and won’t accept.

What Not To Do

The one thing that you should avoid doing with your empty plastic jugs once you’re finished with them is throwing them away. Most plastic is not biodegradable, meaning if it ends up in a landfill, it will likely stay there. Plastic items that have had food or other non-recyclables in them can still be recycled if you wash them thoroughly in most cases.

Plastic items usually have a fairly long lifespan, so make sure you’re disposing of them properly once you’re done with them. For more information on plastic water jugs, plastic bottles, and other recyclable plastics, contact Indiana Bottle Company today.