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Recycle your old Avent bottles

Taken at a curbside near you
Taken at a curbside near you

Make room for what’s to come in the New Year by getting rid of the old. If you are harboring a chest-full of the clear, plastic Avent baby bottles or you have a handful still in use, recycling them, when you are ready is easier than you think.

The Avent bottle is, for good reason, quite durable. But as these bottles age, they start to break down, releasing a chemical called bisphenol – A or BPA, which leach into the liquids that come into contact with the plastic bottle. Avent recommends replacing used bottles with new ones every six months, so in the course of bottle-feeding a baby, you can acquire several.

Both sides of the BPA debate have evidence piling up as you read this article. One side is working hard to prove a link between certain cancers, insulin resistance and neurobehavioral problems while the other returns with indications that BPA is safe when used as directed.

Though BPA is categorized as “biodegradable”, it may release toxins as it breaks down and is carried underground to sources of water, where chemical concentrations are at times, higher than they were where they deposited themselves.

Whether your interests lie in replacing your Avent bottles due to health concerns or have a quantity to dispose of now that your baby has turned toddler, disposing is as easy as placing your used bottles in your recycling bin.

Denver’s curbside recycling program accepts all plastics, numbers 1 through 7, in the shape of a bottle, which means the opening is smaller than the base. According to Philips, the maker of Avent bottles, their clear, plastic bottles fall into this category.

A spokesperson from Denver’s Solid Waste Management said she doesn’t believe people are aware that recycling their old Avent bottles is as easy as placing them in their purple recycling canister. It is her hope that all parents take the time to recycle their used baby bottles rather than throwing them in the trash.