Recycle and Reuse Bulk Packaging

     We live a few blocks from Costco which is a dangerous place to be!  We frequent the mega store like it is a corner market.  We buy a lot in bulk since huge seems to be the only size Costco sells.


      Last year we got a popcorn machine as a family Christmas present.  This turned out be be a perfect gift for our movie loving family.  Shortly after Christmas we had to put the popper up high in the pantry because we were popping corn 2X a day (not good for any of our figures)!  Now it is a once or twice a week popcorn fest.  With all that popcorn being consumed we stock up on the kernals at Costco.  They happen to come in the greatest packaging!

Orville Redenbacher's Storage

     These are the perfect container to recycle and reuse!

I place the whole container under a slow drip of hot water and

the label peels right off.

Popcorn Container Storage

    Then once the packaging is empty I hand wash it and

fill it with any other bulk item.

Bulk Food Storage for Pantry

A few other containers I like to reuse are:

Popping & Topping for all of that popcorn…mmm.

Cleaned out it holds homemade ranch.

The opening in the top is large enough for fresh herbs in the ranch.

Recycle and Reuse Bottles

Bulk instant yeast in a squeeze jam container.

Pours easily for measuring.

Re Use Containers

Those yummy nut clusters and brittle containers now hold sugars.

Easy to scoop.

Costco Storage Containers

Don’t just throw away that packaging recycle it and reuse it!

Linked Up: Tatertots & Jello, Organize Your Stuff Now

Update:  Here is another way to reuse and recycle, check out these Costco orange boxes by clicking on the photo below

Chevron Storage Boxes


  • I save most of my containers. I have a sewing and craft boutique, so I have lots of supplies. All those containers come in handy for keeping my sewing and crafting treasures from getting lost. My favorites are the clear ones, cause as I get older, out of sight is out of mind, then I’m out of my mind looking in every single one till I find what I’m looking for.
    Hope someone got help from this.
    Thanks for your post….

    Sandra at The Shabby Mirror Boutique

  • Fabulous idea!! Will check those out!

  • That’s a great idea! And what a wonderful excuse to get a popcorn maker too!

  • I love your containers. I always recycle my clear containers. It is so nice being able to see what I have. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

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  • Oh dear! You may have just given me a reason to start shopping at Costco … and eating massive amount of popcorn! Thanks for the great ideas, I love recycling containers like this. We use old parmesan containers for sugar for tea & coffee & I love the Simply Lemonade containers for keeping filtered water in the fridge.

  • I do this too! I save a lot of containers, especially the larger ones with screw on lids and handles. They fit so nicely in the pantry. I don’t know why I didn’t think of saving them sooner.

  • My favorite….the transparent pretzel “barrels”….the ideal container for corralling kids toys….especicially Legos and Cars! We have over 20…I simply “donated” the pretzels to the homeless…at $6 each they are still a bargain…empty…or the pretzels are a tally quite good :-)

  • Thanks for the tip on how to get those labels off! I save all of those bulk containers, but didn’t know how to really get those labels off. I like the tips for the consistency with the pantry as well from your pantry post. Mine is a work in progress constantly up against an army of a family that resists my attempts to make the world better, but I am determined to succeed. Thanks again!

  • How did you get the different “ingredients” labels?

    • Melanie,
      The labels in the photo were just digital. Since they are all clear, I just throw the flour, fish, rice, whatever in them and can see what is inside. I now have 9 popcorn containers full of stuff. I LOVE them.

  • On my way to Costco now for the large popcorn containes with handles (guess we’ll have to eat the popcorn too :) . I’ve been using the small ones in my kitchen:

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  • looking good

  • nice post

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