Getting Empty Wine Bottles?

I live in the Rochester N.Y. area. Does anyone know where I can get empty wine bottles?

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful
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Normally bars and restaurants have tons of these each day that they empty and put in boxes so the recycler can pick them up. I think this would be a lot easier to pick up a few cases from them than go to a recycler and pick up the dirty ones that people have thrown away.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful
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Are you looking for these for crafts?

If so bars and restaurants may give them to you if you can prove it (although even "proof" can be faked so I am not sure the best way to prove how you will use them).

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Something I learned not long ago on one through one of my "scam buster" friends is that in many places bars/restaurants/recyclers WILL NOT give empty bottles to people because there is a "hot" scam going around where people go around to bars and restaurants and collect bottles--especially those from higher end booze, then they fill them with cheap wine and liquor (or colored water) and sell them--either online or in an underground sale market.

Google "liquor bottle scam" and you will get an eyeful of how awful people can be.

Some places/people in my town are breaking their empties to prevent this crime.

My best advice to find empties is to ask friends and family.

It is sad when a few bad apples spoil the batch.

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

Put want ads on Freecycle and Craigslist. You can also check recycling bins the night before pickup.

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

Try your local restaurants, and bars! Those could be yours just for asking!

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with Ana-- restaurants and bars first. You could also go to your local recycle station.

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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

i have seen lots of bottles at salvation army maybe you have some thrift stores near you?

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May 17, 20200 found this helpful

i called my local Olive Garden and asked if I could hsve some empty wine bottles to make crafts with and was told it was illegal for them to give them away. I don't know anyone who drinks so I looked on craigs list in the free items and did not see any. Guess I will have to purchase on ebay.

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