Hey, I am curious of what other ways glass can be reused here in Missoula? I like the idea of reusing for homebrew or komboucha (yum) (have you made any?) and... why doesn't Missoula recycle their glass like other towns and cities?
I had heard of some people who were planning on turning by wine bottles into wedding goblets by cutting the bottles and taking the sharp edge off the top of the cut. I imagine this would take a special kind of saw blade? , but I like the idea of large goblets made out to wine bottles, and this could fit into the DIY thread if one was making gifts.
You can make an artsy gravel mulch - crush them up wrapped in a blanket or something. Dump all the bits in a cement mixer with water and sand. Run it for an hour or two and all the sharp edges will get dulled, but the surfaces should keep their shine.
If you keep the glass sorted by colour you can make interesting decorative effects.
You can buy glass treated in this way in bulk for landscaping.
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Don't worry about the fact that your area doesn't recycle glass. I have never been to a municipality that actually makes use of it in any way that makes sense. It's solid waste disposal in a manner meant to fool the public. Avoid buying glass. Reuse it yourself when you have it.
Here in Canada, we gather vast quantities of glass bottles which have a negative value. They are crushed up and mixed with gravel. The gravel sells for less than pit run. It destroys work boots and coveralls. Several unions won't send their members to work with this polluted gravel. It's really just a means of disposal for a relatively benign product. The production of a glass bottle requires about 30 times more energy than is used in making paper milk carton type containers. People feel good about buying the glass product because they believe that it is "recycled". I recycle for a living and have been bitching about these issues for 30 years. I'm 49.