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Have been saving glass soda bottles.  Mostly brown, some clear and green.  I thought someone might like them for making homemade brew?  Or maybe komboucha? 
 
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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?
 
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I wish Missoula would recycle also.  Some other ways to recycle glass: 

The Good Food Store will take cleanly washed jars with lids for bulk supplies.

I have seen people melt down wine bottles and make glass art (i.e. cheese board) or cut the glass and wrap it with wire for artsy type stuff.

The is a residence up Rattlesnake Drive where they recycled wine bottles into a fence

 
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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.
 
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good thinking!  I'll post it in the DIY thread!
 
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CAN I HAVE THEM!?!?!?!
 
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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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I have had a bottle cutter like this for over 30 years.

http://www.delphiglass.com/more-crafts/bottle-cutter-art/generation-green-g2-bottle-cutter

Lots of fun. I made a whole set of wine glasses for my mom when I was young.

Did a quick google search for bottle cutters and see that there are lots of new machines out there.
 
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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.
 
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Live near the sea?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_Beach_(Fort_Bragg,_California)

(NB - I'm not advocating dumping your glass, but this is what can happen to it if it is.)
 
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