Glass Recycling

Recycling glass produces a wide variety of products while helping to protect the environment.

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Recycled glass can be remade into new glass bottles and jars – but it can also be made into fiberglass, faux turf and even countertops. So, what can you recycle? 

  • Bottles
  • Jars
  • Colorful glasses

Glass recycling is not available in all areas. Check with your local recycling services or enter your address below.

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Guidelines for Recycling Glass

Understanding how to recycle glass bottles and containers is important.


  • Keep lids on bottles or toss them in the trash; they’re too small to recycle by themselves.
  • Rinse and dry all food containers.
  • Brown, green and clear glass are acceptable.


  • No glass that is broken into small pieces.
  • No Pyrex or heat-resistant glass.
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Did You Know?

  1. According to the Glass Packing Institute, glass is 100% recyclable and can be reused endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

  2. The container and fiberglass industries purchase 3.35 million tons of recycled glass every year.
  3. Every metric ton of recycled glass saves 694 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere compared to making new glass.

Source: Precision Consulting, NAIMA,, last updated September 2020

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Technology + Recycling = the Perfect Duo

We process more than 5 million tons of recyclables from across the nation every year. People, scanners and even robots are used to process up to 350 tons of recyclable materials per day at each of our facilities.

Join Us on a Recycling Center Tour

Take a virtual tour through one of our state-of-the-art recycling centers and see how your recyclables are sorted and baled to be turned into new products.

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Recycling Made Easy

Recycling helps keep valuable materials in the circular economy longer, putting less strain on our environment. Get tips on how to properly recycle each item:

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Recycling 101

The more you know, the bigger impact you can make.

Recycling plays an important role in protecting our planet. Discover how easy and impactful it is. Our planet is precious. Let’s protect it together.

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