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Where plastic recyclables really go

Bandaid on the earthFor the last two months, Mark's been inventing a pretty cool chicken waterer.  (More on that in a couple of weeks.)  Since I was raised on the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle", I wanted to make the main portion of the waterers out of reused plastic containers.  This worked great in the planning stages, with leftover dish detergent and squeeze honey bottles which we'd squirreled away in the barn making great test models.

But as the time nears for us to introduce Mark's waterer to the general public, we realized that we needed a larger and more consistent source of plastic bottles.  "Let's call the closest recycling centers and ask if we can pick through their plastic and take some bottles home," I suggested.  Read more....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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