How to Recycle HDPE Plastic the Easy Way

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Introduction: How to Recycle HDPE Plastic the Easy Way


After spending 2 hours cutting up a single milk bottle with kitchen shears, I knew I couldn't do it again.

I felt like a late night infomercial and may have actually uttered the phrase, "There has to be a better way!"

Turning old milk jugs and bottle caps into useable stock for making. In this short video I process a 2 milk bottles and about half a dozen bottle tops into a 1 1/2" x 3" x 5" turning block.

You could just as easily press this into sheet material for use in box inlays or scroll saw art. The possibilities are endless. The total processing time was under an hour from bottle to blank! Less than waiting for a glue up!

The result is a stunningly colorful blank ready for some new project!

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Of course I am wondering about 2 things: 1.) the state of the expensive Vitamix blades after grinding plastic, 2.) the fumes from melting the plastic

2. No fumes that I could detect.

1. The Vitamix made drinks Wednesday and performed as per usual. That being said, my wife has made it very clear it doesn't get to go on another shop field trip... :)

of course its a "VitaMix" it can grind cement into dust yet it can't do a thing to strawberry seeds they're impervious to the vitamix powers

of course its a "VitaMix" it can grind cement into dust yet it can't do a thing to strawberry seeds they're impervious to the vitamix powers

Yeah, those fumes your olfactory bulb can't respond to are always really safe to inhale...

HDPE does not fume below 350.

I'm curious if the plastic pieces scratched up the container at all. I honestly don't know if my husband would have survived doing that to my Vitamix!
That said, I've been tempted to put non-food items into my Vitamix container as well, so I'm considering buying a second container if I can find a used one somewhere at a price I'd be willing to pay.

Every workshop needs its own vitamix...in my opinion...wish they weren't so expensive. But the good news is that you can often pick up a blender at a rummage sale for a couple of bucks. And if you take out the guts, they're mostly recyclable.

that is so strange. my father, in his reduced state, accidentally melted a bunch of that stuff and the stink was terrible.
Your wife is smart!

I have done this but use the Christmas cookie tins as the mold. It allows the plastic to melt into bricks, and you can cut down to size from there.