I’m sooo into recycling — especially with bottles! So much that I often share artistic creations.
My bottle-writing purpose is to encourage others to do the same. And because of my bottle-art passion, I pay attention to how our municipal public works recycles. Not just bottles, but all recyclables.
This story is actually a query derived from my attempt to redeem beer bottles and old cans mid July. Soon after, I saw the Hawaii Tribune Herald headlines dated July 23rd. The featured front-page headline was Big Island Recycling Proceeds Trimmed.
My bottle collection story began 2009. Not ready to build artsy walls or sculptures admired, I decided to simply place beer bottles upside down around my trees as a border. I preferred green and brown glass, and liked the way the labels would wear off so the colors would shine. Being mostly banana trees, moving them around was necessary. Sometimes I would end up with extra bottles and occasionally redeem them for pocket money. By 2011 my bottle stash was mounting and so I visited the Pahoa recycling center more frequently. No problem cashing in a mix of new and old bottles with worn labels. I did this until mid July 2013. Read more