Recycle Glass Bottles and Jars Right

Glass bottles and jars, including food and beverage bottles and jars of any color, can be recycled in all community recycling programs. Glass bottles and jars should be empty, clean and dry before recycling. Metal lids for glass bottles and jars should be placed loose in the recycling cart or bin. Labels do not need to be removed.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled endlessly by crushing, blending, and melting it together with sand and other starting materials. Glass bottles and jars placed in curbside recycling are processed and turned back into new bottles and jars or fiberglass. Some glass is designated for beneficial reuse and is used as aggregate for engineering projects, including in concrete and roads, or as landill cover.

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.

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

Businesses with glass can recycle it through local specialized companies. See the Business list below.