Anyone know where old/used/unusable rubber gaskets/seals from the integrated canning jars can be recycled? It's great that the glass jars can be used over and over but it's recommended that the seals be replaced every 6 month-1 year. Regardless, I've bought several from Goodwill and the seals are in terrible shape so I have quite a stack on my kitchen counter hoping I don't have to throw them in a landfill.
Clark County, Washington state does not have curbside composting. We have a composter in our back yard but I hesitate to put them in there if they're going to take more than a few months to biodegrade because that wonderful mound is going in garden beds in the Spring.
Thank you so much for the idea, Jay.
On Thu, 12/5/13, Jay [via Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:
Subject: Re: Recycling old rubber gaskets/seals
To: "veierdam" <[hidden email]>
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:54 AM
If they're rubber, they should biodegrade
(as in composting -particularly if you have curbside,
commercial composting), though may take a while.
Would be interested in others' thoughts.
I know this is late, but how about just burying somewhere in your yard? A bit unconventional, but say you're gonna plant a bush, etc. just drop a few in the bottom of the hole ... No idea what effect it would have on the planting!
Also I guess just repurpose the gaskets somehow. You could also post on Craigslist/Freecycle, call around for local rubber recycling options (think tires), etc. It's work, but probably worth it.