We have no problem recycling plastic and paper at our apartment, but because of management, we're unable to recycle glass here. The wine bottles and salsa jars have been piling up, as we can't bring ourselves to toss them, and never seem to make it all the way downtown to the giant recycling station. So yesterday, we thought of a good idea: we'll save them for something special.
It occurred to us that soon we'll be needing empty wine bottles to use as carafes for our DIY wedding: now we're not only saving up our empties, but asking friends and family to do the same. They're also saving up interesting glass jars and bottles for votives and more.
The same can be applied to your situation. Know of a friend throwing a backyard party to usher in spring? Offer up your clean, empty bottles for them. Or all those random glass jars that previously held mustard, horseradish, or other condiments? They can be reused by you or someone you know to hold buttons, nails, or even paperclips.
Some thrift stores even accept clean glass jars (labels cleanly removed as well).
To learn how to cleanly remove the labels from jars and bottles and get them ready to live a new life, click here.