Glass Bottles & Jars

Glass Bottles & Jars

Recyclable glass refers to food and beverage bottles and jars of any color. Glass bottles and jars should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the lid and put in your curbside recycling. You do not need to remove the label.

[video] Learn more about recycling glass.

Not all glass can be recycled. The following glass items should not be placed into your curbside recycling:

  • NO glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste
  • NO ceramics or heat-resistant glass such as dishware, ovenware (Pyrex), candle jars and decorative items
  • NO drinking glasses or mason jars
  • NO mirror or window glass
  • NO crystal
  • NO light bulbs
  • NO cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) found in some televisions and computer monitors

Candle jars, ceramics and ovenware are tempered glass that has has been specially treated in the manufacturing process to withstand high temperatures, which makes it non-recyclable. Find a reuse for unwanted tempered glass items or place in the regular trash.

New glass objects are easier to make from recycled bottles than from the raw materials. When you recycle glass, it’s reused to make new bottles and fiberglass that are used every day.

Broken glass can be cleaned up, contained in a paper box or bag and placed in the regular trash.

Apartment and condominium dwellers can recycle too. See our blog post about recycling options in your building.

Businesses with glass can recycle it via local specialized companies. See a list in our Business Recycling Directory.