There are all kinds of ways for you to recycle the recyclables around your home. You can simply send them for recycling at the North Hill Bottle Depot Ltd Calgary or a similar location, or you can repurpose them around your home creatively. If you have a pile of glass bottles sitting around that you don't know what to do with, consider getting some rebar and transforming that pile of glass bottles into a beautiful accent wall.
This project requires few supplies including:
- Glass bottles – colored or clear, depending on what you want the finished product to look like.
- Hammer or mallet
- Drill and diamond drill bit that is slightly larger than the diameter of the rebar
- Safety glasses and gloves
Prep the Bottles
While wearing the safety glasses and gloves, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the bottle. Apply a little bit of water to the bottom of the bottle before you begin drilling to limit the shards of glass that are thrown from the bottle as you drill. This will also help reduce the temperature of the glass as you drill it to decrease the chances of it shattering.
Place the Rebar
Begin by measuring the spacing between the rebar. You need enough space between them to allow enough room for the bottles to be placed over each.
Measure the entire length of the wall that you are placing. Divide it by the number of posts you will position and use that number to determine how much space should be left between each post for the perfect finished look.
After you have marked the placement for each piece of rebar, begin pounding each one into the ground. How far you have to pound them into the ground is determined by the height of the wall you are creating. For walls that are just 3' tall, the rebar should be pounded in at least 6 inches. Walls that are 6' tall, should be buried at least 12".
Tip: To expedite this process, determine the depth that the rebar needs to be inserted and mark each piece. This way, you can just use the marks to know when you have pounded the rebar into the ground enough.
Position the Bottles
Now that your bottles are prepped and the rebar is in place, you get to put it all together. Try different patterns of bottle placement to see what you like best. One example is using one bottle upside-down with the next right-side up and alternating it from there on.
Once the bottles are in place it is up to you what you do. You could string some lights through it, use up-lighting to illuminate it or just leave it how it is. Anything that you choose is sure to create an eye-catching and beautiful addition to your yard and recycles many bottles that could have otherwise ended up in a landfill somewhere.