What do you do with the empties?

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  1. Pulltabs_only

    Pulltabs_only Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2014 Indiana

    A lot of empty bottles and cans can be sold to collectors on eBay.
  2. slander

    slander Pooh-Bah (2,312) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    I have a few All Star empties on the bookshelves (my Russian Rivers, old Anchor OSA's from the 20 year vertical of pain, Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil, De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000, old Heavyweight bottles, A collection of various Rodenbach bottles). The rest are brought to the town recycling center, where after dumping into the slant 4 yard rear load can and looking in on what everyone else is contributing there, I announce internally that "I drink the best beer in this town".
  3. kennyg

    kennyg Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2007 Illinois

    I too save for my homebrew. My bags boards are covered in labels. Looks kind of cool.
  4. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Pooh-Bah (1,684) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    I wish I could say it was "M" but sadly it has eluded me:wink:. Probably the Dirty Horse and the 1968 Thomas Hardy's.
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  5. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

  6. Belthorm

    Belthorm Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I keep one of every beer I try. Planning on displaying them after i get done remodeling the house. I also keep 4 cases of bottles for homebrewing. The rest get recycled.
  7. ColdOneKev

    ColdOneKev Maven (1,347) Feb 18, 2012 North Carolina

    Recycle or use them for homebrew. However since we had a baby there's been very little time for homebrew
  8. Mikus

    Mikus Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I save the labels that I like. In PA, there is no bottle return, so I recycle the bottles that I don't reuse for homebrewing. I am gradually saving up the shorter 12oz bottles (e.g. Sierra Nevada, Founders) as I prefer this size. So basically reuse and recycle. Don't think that reduce will come into the picture.
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  9. DangleBerries

    DangleBerries Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2013 Illinois

    You must not have kids then
  10. marioluck

    marioluck Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Save the label from every new beer and recycle the bottle. Everything else gets returned/recycled.
  11. M_C_Hampton

    M_C_Hampton Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Georgia

    SN, Lagunitas, Founders, and anything 22oz or bigger get saved for reuse bottling homebrew. I love stubbies with easy to remove labels and big bottles for efficiency reasons.
  12. jakeitup

    jakeitup Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Oregon


    I use this guy to turn the one's I really like into cool glasses, etc. Really easy learning curve too.
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    IDABEERGUY Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2013 Idaho

    Try to recycle cans(Is it me but it seems like EVERY IPA and Pale I have ever had are better out of a can than the bottled version, maybe it's the style?) were I live none of the places that recycle do glass.......
  14. Reds76

    Reds76 Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2014 Maine

    I wait until I have a truck load and then I turn them in, get $40 and buy more beer!
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  15. Doctor_Bogenbroom

    Doctor_Bogenbroom Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I recycle, but if I really think the label is cool, I might leave an empty sit on the counter for a few days, like an exhibit.
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  16. zac16125

    zac16125 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,296) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I save my favorite bottles in whole with the plan to display them when I have the appropriate home bar. I save just the labels on many others, and am putting them on my garage beer fridge, a label mosaic. Its already starting to look pretty cool if I do say so myself.
  17. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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  18. ChrisBanks

    ChrisBanks Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2014 Texas

    I save the labels for a scrap book and recycle the bottles. If it's a can, then I take a picture, and follow suit with the recycling.
  19. jakeitup

    jakeitup Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Oregon

    I'll have to check it out and see if I can help out. It's super easy.
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  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I don't try to cut bottles myself, but I read the posts when that type of thread pops up, and everyone says that the Rogue bottles are very difficult for some reason. If you've had success on those bottles, then I'd mention that too.
  21. jakeitup

    jakeitup Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Oregon

    Good to know, I haven't cut Rogue, mainly because I think the beer they make sucks. But it's most likely just due to their shape and overall thickness of bottles where you do cut. But I'll look into it some more.
  22. Theniz

    Theniz Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Indiana

    I'm originally from Connecticut, and we had curbside recycling pickup, I was dumbfounded that there was no state run recycling program when I moved to Indiana. My wife and I cant stand throwing that much stuff out though, so we got a few rubbermaid totes and when they fill up we run to a recycling drop off every other week or so.
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  23. georgiaboy8686

    georgiaboy8686 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2013 Maryland

    I recycle everything. I take the labels off and save the caps, all for use in my future bar. The bottle gets taken to recycling. Now that's green!
  24. BSW

    BSW Pundit (857) Jun 20, 2011 California

    So I used to just recycle all of the empties, no problem, done and done.

    Then I got engaged and my future wife moved in with me. She thought we should get the deposit back on all the bottles. Money is money, right?

    Ok, I naively said, no problem.

    I dutifully waited for the newly dedicated bin to fill up and brought them to the recycling place by the Safeway. Which was closed. Ok, no problem, I'll go the next day, which I did. And the dude was on his lunch break. Fine. I waited an hour and went back, with my twin nine year-olds. There was line. We waited for 25 minutes. For those of you without kids, nine year-olds are just great about waiting in lines. Two of them are twice the fun.

    Eventually we turned in our bottles and got our receipt. $4.50. But they guy couldn't pay us. We had to go to a nearby liquor store to get our money. I had to bring my kids to a liquor store to get my four bucks and change.

    Upon returning home, quite fired up, I told my fiance that, if she wanted her insignificant amount of money, she could take the bleepin bottles herself.

    Needless to say, we now have an overflowing bin full of bottles in the garage. The ones that won't fit go into the recycling and we're right back were we started. Except that part of the garage is now permanently taken up by a bin of bottles.
  25. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Pooh-Bah (1,684) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    Two daughters! Hey how much more of my personal life do I have to disclose in this thread:wink:! I've got two dogs too if you all must know.
  26. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    recycle them....
  27. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    Recycle or give to homebrewers.
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  28. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Pooh-Bah (1,945) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    I save half for homebrew, recycle the rest. Usually wind up saving too many for homebrews so some of those go to recycling as well.
  29. JFear

    JFear Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 Virginia

    Crappy picture, but it shows that my shelved/non-shelved empties took up most of a recycling bin :grimacing: Narrowed my shelf displays down to beers that truly blew my mind, or have been instrumental in my understanding and conception of beer. It feels much less cluttered (and much less dusty) in my room now!
  30. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I thought about saving empty bottles I like but I really prefer bottles full of beer I really like. But I do recycle my bottles and cans.
  31. Hrodebert

    Hrodebert Pundit (978) Sep 2, 2013 Michigan

    get my damn dime back.
  32. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Pooh-Bah (1,700) Jan 19, 2013 Canada (NB)

    I am building up a little display on a shelf in my "man cave" comprising of the bottles/cans of each unique beer I try. I'm sitting at around 50 unique pieces right now. On the other hand, everything I don't keep gets recycled.
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  33. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    I recycle most of them and give the cool ones to friends of mine who are home brewers.
  34. beernazi

    beernazi Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 California

    i put them in the trash, where they belong...
  35. rab53

    rab53 Initiate (0) May 1, 2005 Washington

    In college, a representative bottle of each beer was displayed as crappy decoration. I ended up keeping them (only 50 or so) after I graduated. I continued to accumulate bottles over the next few years through graduate school, expecting to one day use them as decoration for my 'man cave'. After packing and moving them all (several hundred at that point), my wife said to get rid of them.

    So, I took photos of everything over the course of a few months and recycled. The trash guys must have been like WTF seeing dozens of weird bottles every week for 4 months. It was kind of sad in a way to toss stuff I had been holding onto for 5+ years, but it was the right move.

    I still take photos of every new bottle, them recycle. I have around a dozen bottles that I have kept still. I tried to set a criteria; either Top Ten style or some variation. Most of what I have kept are bottles made and available only at local bottle shops. Problem is, I have recycled several in the past that would have fulfilled that criteria. I'm too OCD to let that slip, so I think that In the end, everything will get tossed.

    Long answer for a simple question.
  36. mohawk5

    mohawk5 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2014 New Jersey

    I really don't think garbage men give a shit about the kinds of beer bottles in your recycling.
  37. ivorycannon

    ivorycannon Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2013 Indiana

  38. iwhoopedbatman

    iwhoopedbatman Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 Maryland

    There are a handful of the 'best' (imo) beers that I wash out the bottle and keep. Otherwise, they get recycled.
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  39. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Throw them out.
  40. BergBeer

    BergBeer Maven (1,393) Aug 21, 2013 Hawaii

    Tie them carefully to my rocket with a nice big bow and fire them off into space. They are some other civilizations problem now! The suckers.

    Also, I've been known to recycle but only if it's a whale, bro. Gotta let the garbage man know how awesome I am at the beer.
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