How to Recycle Scrap Glass

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How to Recycle Scrap Glass
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With millions of tons of glass scrap being created each year from used bottles and broken windows, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling helps cut down on waste. Previously used scraps of glass are recycled and converted into usable glass, which is used in the production of new glass materials, such as mirrors, Christmas ornaments and light bulbs. Since broken glass is difficult to handle safely, professional glass recyclers are located throughout the entire United States to help you. Handling broken glass might be dangerous, but the process of recycling it is painless.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    How to Recycle Scrap Glass

  1. 1

    Contact a local glass recycler or manufacturing company that uses and/or produces glass products. Many manufacturing companies purchase glass scraps and recycle them for use in their company's products. Local a local recycler or use an online directory such as the GlassGo Exchange Network.

  2. 2

    Make an appointment for pickup. Schedule a time that is convenient for you, as the process of picking up glass can be time-consuming, depending on the amount of glass involved. Most all glass recyclers send trucks to pick up scrap glass, but manufacturing companies usually require on-site drop-offs. If you contact a manufacturing company that requires on-site drop offs, select a different recycler. Broken glass is dangerous. Leave it to the professionals.

  3. 3

    Make adequate room for the recycling truck. Clear off your driveway and free it of any automobiles, debris and children's toys. Recycling trucks are large vehicles, about the size of a standard garbage truck, so be sure that the area surrounding the glass scraps is clear and open enough for the truck to fit nearby. The glass recycler will provide workers to load the truck for you. You do not have to load the truck yourself.

  4. 4

    Accept payment. Depending on the individual glass recycler you do business with, payment will vary. Payments are based off of weight and, in some cases, quality of glass. Receiving payment for recycling glass is considered income, so be sure to ask for a receipt for tax purposes.

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