Recycle/Reuse: Containers from Cascade, Mentos and M&Ms

April 5, 2012

There are some items that I randomly buy when I can get a good deal on them or maybe need a “filler item” at CVS. Here are a few rare items that I buy that I’ve turned the containers into something somewhat useful:


Cascade Dishwasher Pacs – I picked these up on a super hot deal. The container looked interesting so I kept it and then later turned it into…


…a little compost holder that I keep by my sink. Whenever I am peeling veggies, I just throw the scraps in there. A gallon-sized slider Ziploc bag will fit inside perfectly if you take off the slider piece. When it’s full, I just pull out the bag, dump the scraps into my compost bin and then clean out the Ziploc bag to re-use or recycle, depending on how it looks. You’d be surprised how much veggie scraps can add up to over a week’s time. You can also use them for a small trash container in your vehicle or to keep on hand during “flu season.”


Mini-M&Ms Holder – I buy these for things like Easter baskets, stocking stuffers, CVS filler items, etc. My kids love the little bite-sized candies. And the containers are the perfect size to hold quarters. I keep one in our travel bags. This way, we always have change for vending machines, arcades, etc. They might also work nicely inside a center console/glove box of a car for toll money.


Mentos Gum – These are the perfect size to hold Q-tips for a travel case. I cannot stress this enough, though–make sure you thoroughly clean them if that’s how you are going to re-use them. You don’t want anything to get on the Qtips.

These are just a few random containers that I’ve been able to find an alternate uses for before recycling. Can you think of any other ideas for these containers?

Stay tuned next week as I’ll have several items that you can use to start seeds for your garden!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 STEPHANIADAWN April 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

I have seen something like these that you buy… so could reuse for yarn when crocheting.even cutting and file’n the edge so could draw straight from top or just leave open…

i use mine for bulk beads… never thought about in car… is a great idea….
about the right size too as i alway have lil scraps of paper or straw wraps exctr

2 Shannon April 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

I love these ideas! Wish I would’ve saved all those Mentos gum containers from a month ago. Hmmm maybe I could look under my daughter’s bed. :)

3 coupongeek April 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

I like the idea for the yarn! Thank you for sharing!!

My sister does a lot of beading. I’ll pass that idea on to her, too!

Blessings,
Jaycie

4 coupongeek April 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

LOL. They had a coupon for them in the inserts a week or two ago. Maybe there will be another hot sale on them again to pair it with. I picked up a few for free during the last hot sale.

Hope you are able to find some! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

5 DeAnna April 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The cascade containers would be perfect for sorting and saving box tops, soup labels, ink cartridges and other recycables the schools are collecting for fundraisers. When full, you can send the container off to school with your kid knowing contents will be safe while traveling in backpacks and the school won’t have to return it. Small candy containers work great for traveling with small hair accessories, preventing their loss at the bottom of the bag. Also great for a small tube of 1st aid ointment and a few bandaids. Every mom needs one of those in her bag.

6 Vpmm67 April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I use my dishwasher tab containers for dog biscuits instead of leaving them in a box or if I make homemade ones I have someplace to put them also.

I also have one for their misc meds (paw lotion, saline solution, ear cleaner, and etc)

7 Brenda E April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I used a large yogurt container covered with duct tape to put pens in by my computer.

8 coupongeek April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Great idea, Brenda! Thank you for sharing! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

9 coupongeek April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

They make nice storage containers, don’t they?

Thanks for sharing! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

10 coupongeek April 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Love the idea for sending the items into school, hair container and 1st aid kit. Thank you so much for sharing, DeAnna!

Blessings,
Jaycie

11 Lynda April 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Empty pill container is also the perfect size for quarters.

12 coupongeek April 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

That’s a good one, Lynda! Thank you for the tip!

Blessings,
Jaycie

13 jr911 April 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

I recycle metal or plastic containers with a lid to store all my bag clips. I hate fishing through the drawer to find a chip clip, so I put everything in one. I also use old plastic storage containers that no longer have lids to them as “baskets” for my spices, gravy packets, etc.

14 Barb May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I definitely like the quarters idea for trips, and the scraps (food) container.

15 coupongeek May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thanks, Barb! I’ve been using those a lot lately. The scraps container definitely comes in handy!

Thank you for sharing that you liked these! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

16 savvy May 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love those M&M containers for q-tips, they’re the perfect fit. After soaping and washing them I made sure they’re really really clean by rinsing the inside part with alcohol.

The Cascade container could be useful for soiled nappies/diapers if you’ve got a baby. I’d say dispose of the nappies at the end of the day, though, so your nursery and Cascade container don’t become stinky.

17 coupongeek May 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Good idea on the Cascade containers! I never thought of that one!

Thanks for sharing!

Jaycie

18 danielle March 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Do you think I can store food – my fresh cut veggies – in the cascade container?

19 coupongeek April 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I probably wouldn’t just in case there are chemicals lurking in it.

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