Frequently Asked Question: Glass
Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of glass and broken windows. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of glass or mirrors.
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Glass, Windows & Mirrors FAQs
Broken glass can’t simply be added in with all your other glass for recycling, as it can be dangerous to workers who collect and separate your recycling. If you have small amounts of broken glass, you should carefully place it in a box or wrap it in several sheets of newspaper and place it in the garbage. For larger items such as broken window glass or mirrors, your best bet is to call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and let us take care of it for you. We’ll carefully remove the broken glass for you and we’ll even sweep up after we’re done.
Many types of glass can be recycled. However, most local recycling programs only accept smaller glass containers, such as bottles and jars. For mirrors and other types of glass, you’ll likely need to take these directly to a recycling facility in your area. It’s always best to double check before taking it in, as each facility has different rules about what kinds of glass they can accept.
An easier way to get rid of these types of glass is to let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of it for you! We’ll remove your items right from where they’re located and load them into our truck. All you have to do is point!
If the glass is still in good condition (not cracked, pitted, or discolored) it can likely be reused or recycled. In many cases, glass windows and doors can be repurposed for decorative items, or simply reused in another home. There are organizations that accept donations of old glass windows and doors, which can be a great option if you have one close by.
Glass windows can’t simply be put out with the rest of your regular recycling, so the process is a bit more involved. You’ll likely need to transport the glass to your local glass recycling facility yourself. Before you take it in, you’ll also want to double check to make sure they are able to recycle the type of glass you have, as not every facility can recycle glass windows.
At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we work with local organizations and recycling facilities to ensure your glass windows are properly disposed of. We always make an effort to donate items where possible and recycle as much as we can.
Yes, window glass is different from bottle glass. The chemical composition of these two types of glass is different, which makes the recycling process quite different. Bottle glass is easier to recycle and most facilities are able to accept glass bottles. Windows are slightly more difficult to recycle, and therefore may need to be taken to a special facility, which is why they can’t simply be left out with your regular recycling.
Colored glass needs to be recycled with other glass of the same color. Depending on where you live, you may need to separate colored glass from clear glass when you put out your recycling. Most areas are able to accept clear, green, and brown glass bottles and containers. However, blue glass can’t always be recycled in every area. It’s best to check with the regulations in your area before including blue glass with your regular recycling.
Absolutely! Glass can often be recycled and used to create new products, such as new glass containers and fiberglass. Recycling glass is incredibly important and can have a big environmental impact. At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we know how important recycling is. We work hard to ensure glass and other items are recycled whenever possible.