Glass is one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing strength, purity or quality. It is a widely recycled material, but beware: broken glass can be painful for both you and the recycling process.
Frequent Glass Recycling Questions
What’s the difference between window glass, mirror glass and a drinking glass?
Non-container glass like that used to make windows, mirrors and drinking glasses is often treated with chemicals, so these items all have different melting points. This means you will not be able to recycle non-container glass in your curbside recycling and will need to seek out alternatives.
Can I recycle glass if it’s broken?
Broken glass is recyclable and may be turned into new products like fiberglass, tile and flooring. However, broken glass cannot be placed in your curbside bin because it could injure sanitation workers. Check to see if any local facilities will accept broken glass or seek out a reuse project.
Do I need to prepare glass in some way before I recycle it?
As long as the glass is not broken, you do not need to prepare it for recycling. Just be careful to cushion glass if you are transporting it for recycling or donation so it doesn’t end up broken.