Sunday, April 19, 2015

Can I Put Broken Glass In My Recycling?

Through the recycling collection process alone, glass jars and bottles generally tend to break. If they survive the collection, the sorting process will almost certainly do the trick.

Due to its sheer weight and density, glass makes up a large part of residential, commercial, and industrial recycling. As delicate of a product as glass is, it can break or crack during the shipping process. It is almost impossible to prevent.

Some recycling programs ask that broken glass jars and bottles not be placed in your residential recycling. Still others request that broken glass be placed in a box and taped shut before putting it into your recycling.

For obvious safety reasons, the less the glass is handled in the recycling process, the better, but with more up-to-date recycling collection and sorting processes, recycling generally doesn’t have to be handled.

Check with your local recycling center to see what their requirements are. For more information on recyclable items visit

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