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    I wonder.. Here where i live, glass and pet bottles recycled. Now petbottles are crunched and the plastic is used to manufacture lower quality (not sure) plastic.
    Glass beer bottles etc. Are still reused.

    So how bottles are cleaned? Nobody knows how bottle is used before someone returns it...for glass bottles there are more effective cleaning methods than for pet bottles. I guess.

    But how did/does beer and other drink factories check whether one bottle contains some poisonous chemical?

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    In the old days when glass bottles were returnable, they were washed in hot water and caustic soda then steam cleaned before they were refilled and sent out again.

    They still make bottle sanitizing machines: http://www.sidel.com/Your-Markets/Wa...ne/Washer/AQUA
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    I do not disagree with PE. However if we look at magnitude of injury to your body, the EtOH in the beer would be the most dangerous to your health by orders of magnitude.

    So I say go ahead and do it.

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    The guidelines for our community recycle program advise against recycling bottles that have been in contact with chemicals.

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    If the OP wants to re-use his Grolsch bottles, despite our warnings, who are we to stop him? Enjoy your beer, BetterSense, and since you obviously know better, don't complain to us when your beer is tainted with silver deposits. :-@
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    In the old days when glass bottles were returnable, they were washed in hot water and caustic soda then steam cleaned before they were refilled and sent out again.

    They still make bottle sanitizing machines: http://www.sidel.com/Your-Markets/Wa...ne/Washer/AQUA
    The Coke I buy at the store a few miles down the road comes in reused glass bottles. It's pretty interesting - the bottles are all different ages, different logos, different shapes, different levels of wear, etc. I don't think the bottles are "returnable" in that sense in the USA, but the USA seems to have no problem importing products in bottles returned in Mexico.


    If you're concerned about the bottles being reused as-is without being melted down first, a simple solution would be to break them before recycling the glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    The guidelines for our community recycle program advise against recycling bottles that have been in contact with chemicals.
    Perhaps for the safety of the workers who have to sort & process those bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    The guidelines for our community recycle program advise against recycling bottles that have been in contact with chemicals.

    Here (Finland) it is actually illegal to use any container that is similar that one used for food or drink for storing chemicals. The reason is that someone could accidentally drink chemical as the container looks familiar - like coke bottle..

    Despite of that, a lot of people use PET bottles (lemonade, soda) for storing chemicals. Including me, because those bottles are easy to get and they're flexible enough for squeezing all air off.


    I would not return these bottles for recycling, even though they're crushed and melted.


    But you never know what is kept in the glass bottles that are returned for reuse. Or what was kept on the PET bottles when they were still returned for reuse instead of crushing.
    Someone could return a bottles used for storing gasoline, rat poison or some other toxic stuff..

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    Hey, do you play a musical instrument that uses a strap? Check this link out: http://www.seymourduncan.com/tonefie...th-every-beer/.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal View Post
    Dear BetterSense,

    My brain tells me you should have no problem. My gut tells me bottles are cheap enough to just get new ones. I have nothing really to stand on here, but I wouldn't re-use them.

    Neal Wydra
    Funny what some will do to try to save a few pennies and risk a problem.

    I doubt you will get sick if you get all the heavy metals outs, but more likely foul the beer you worked so hard on to perfect.

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