How can I reuse or recycle baby bottle teats/nipples?

We’ve had an email from Rebecca:

Love the website, have found it really useful but I want to know if I can recycle rubber teats? I am going to sell the bottles on e-bay for re-use but I know Mums won’t want used teats and we have about 25 of varying sizes and I cannot bear to just chuck them.

Would our local recycling centre take them, is there even a facility for recycling rubber bottle teats?

Would love any suggestions.

Apparently the clear teats are more likely to be silicone than rubber – silicone can be recycled but isn’t done so widely. If they are rubber, there may be a collection bin at your local household waste recycling centre but most recycling of rubber seems to be on a bigger scale – car tyres for example.

So what about reuses? It might be worth calling a local animal shelter to see if they could use them for bottle feeding small creatures – they might need the attached bottles too though.

Any other suggestions?

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9 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle baby bottle teats/nipples?”

  1. caroline says:

    in a similar vein to animal shelters maybe small scale farmers or smallholders might want them to bottle feed lambs (where the ewe has died or had triplets)

  2. lynette says:

    Bottle teats, if they are ruber, can be cut up finely and composted – after al it is a natural substance. However, I believe re-use of anything and everything is far better than recycling.
    Does anyone know how I can recycle man-made fabrics that are beyond wearing, not appropriate for ‘rag’ etc. People have suggested charity shops, but they wouldn’t want such items. Council 3rd world bins ask for only wearable clothes, so this is becoming a problem. I buy all second hand clothes but have to avoid wool as I am married to a staunch vegan.
    Please send suggestions to this noticeboard or direct to me at thanks.

  3. dancing girl says:

    I think you will find plenty of Mothers who won’t mind using used teats for their babies. They are designed to be sterilised after all. Steam, coldwater sterilising solutions, boiling. They all get them germ free and ready to use. Here in New Zealand, used teats are frequently bought and sold on our most popular internet trading site. As long as they have no cracks or holes in them they should be fine for another baby. Only chuck them if they are perished.

  4. alia says:

    are there companies that does the recycling, I mean buy the teats off of you or have you send them the teats and they do all the work?

  5. Kay says:

    I have recently used my old bottle nipple for crafts and baked goods. I mean decorating! You can use the old bottle or trim the base of the nipple to fit a plastic soda bottle. I’ve used paints of all sorts for my crafts to do a splatter affect and also to tye dye. When I use them for baking, I either fill the bottles with a batter or icing to decorate the baked goods. I’ve even seen a friend use an old nipple to dye hair!! It’s perfect for just doing your roots or for highlights! It’s amazing what you can do with stuff laying around the house.

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