Empty Pill Bottles

Rather than throw away your empty pill bottles, a group called Matthew 25: Minis- tries (Internet site: earth911.com/inspire/diy/ reuse-pill-bottles) will donate them to people that don’t have the luxury of the sturdy con- tainers. More than half of Americans take two prescription drugs leaving our landfills with a lot of empty bottles.

The Matthew 25: Ministries, an interna- tional humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles. The bottles are either sent to places where medical supplies are needed or are shredded and recycled. The Ministries fulfill the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

Empty bottles can be sent as is for re- cycling. However, for groups in need, the Ministries asks for your help in getting the bottles ready to donate before sending them.

  • Remove the label, leaving no glue or residue.
  • Wash the bottles in hot water and dish soap, rinse and dryimage055
  • All bottles must have a plastic
  • Sort bottles by color and type and place clean, recapped bottles in large Ziploc®bags marked “Clean Bottles”.

When you’re ready to ship your pill bot- tles, address your package to:

Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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