Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Suggestions for recycling coffee cans offer good grounds for removal

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Necessity teaches all things.

-- German proverb

When I asked Friday for your ideas on reusing those versatile plastic coffee containers, you responded.


"I drink a lot of coffee, too," wrote Jeanette Hernandez . "I talked to my daughter's art teacher and I save them for her. She loves the Maxwell House the best because they have a handle and the small kids can carry them without spilling water.

"Our school C.T. Walker also collects the laundry bottles for recycle art creations. I bet a teacher at your church would love to have them."

Janice McDonald says the plastic containers are great for storing grits, corn meal, nuts, etc.

She also says you can buy other bags of coffee on sale and store the coffee in your larger container.

Susan Huff wrote: "Our two Boston terriers love a good empty plastic coffee can. You see, after many quickly destroyed footballs, basketballs, kickballs and even those balls that are advertised for 'aggressive chewers' we stumbled on an idea of trying the coffee can. Beau loves the can and Dixie enjoys the top.

"This has given great pleasure to not only Beau and Dixie, but for family members. When they visit us, they all come bearing a 'host/hostess' gift for the kids -- empty coffee cans!"

(Any more ideas? You know where to send them. )

YOUR MAIL: Pat and Wayne Fuller , of North Augusta, decided to experience the recent Southern snow in the Great Smoky Mountains. "Brrrr," they write. "We came to the area to celebrate (Wayne's) birthday. Night temps around 10 degrees."

MOON RIVER: Brenda Ferraro , of Appling, said she and 11-year-old daughter Rebecca enjoyed my joke about the moon while watching it in full Friday morning waiting for the school bus.

It "was bright and beautiful in the Appling sky this morning," she said, "and we could clearly see those craters!"

SMART SCENTS: Betty Timmerman , of North Augusta, agrees with my comment on the smell of a good library.

"We moved to North Augusta from Columbia in December 1955 and immediately began frequent visits to the Augusta Library in the old Richmond Academy building on Telfair Street.

"Our children, Susan and Dan , loved everything about the place. The first time we entered the new Augusta library at 902 Greene St.

"Dan (then about 9) said, 'I miss the way the old library smelled.'"

TIME FLIES: Don't think the new year is moving quickly? Christmas was a month ago today.

TODAY'S JOKE: The mother of a large family was explaining why she dresses her children alike, right down to the youngest baby.

"When we had just four children, I dressed them alike so we wouldn't lose any of them," she said.

"Now," she added, looking around at her brood of nine, "I dress them alike so we won't pick up any that don't belong to us."

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Rob Pavey 01/25/11 - 08:49 am
Bill, you can also recycle

Bill, you can also recycle coffee grounds - the stuff makes great nitrogen-rich fertilizer for azaleas.

HipHopGrandma 01/25/11 - 12:07 pm
I use Folgers coffee cans for

I use Folgers coffee cans for storing sugar, flour, dried beans (different kinds), pasta. I also save them for arts & crafts for the community center where I work. There is definitely no need to throw them away. I can think of even more uses - store pencils, crayons, buttons, sewing paraphenalia. The uses are endless.

Rick E.
Rick E. 01/26/11 - 09:58 pm
Bill , I recently traveled to

Bill ,
I recently traveled to Hard Labor Creek State Park
near Madison , Ga. My sisters from Atlanta met me there
to grill out and enjoy an outdoors Thanksgiving.I packed mesquite chips inside a foil coffee bag to soak , pre cooking, and to minimize clean up for the return trip home to Augusta. May I suggest using unwrapped cloves of garlic on the coals as well for a savory smokey bouquet ?

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