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Should You Put Broken Glass In Your Recycle Bin? 5

By Recyclebank |

Broken glass is still glass, but you should think twice before putting it in your recycle bin. Find out why!

Should You Put
Broken Glass
In Your
Recycle Bin?
When in doubt, keep it out
— of the recycle bin!


Broken glass is a safety hazard for everyone who has to handle it in the recyclables-sorting process. Some haulers accept broken glass under certain conditions, for example, haulers may ask that you put broken glass bottles in a labeled paper bag. Find out if your hauler accepts broken glass before putting any in your recycle bin. If they don't accept it, you can sometimes take it to a special recycling facility that is prepared to handle broken glass bottles. Learn more about broken glass and recycling »

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  • Deborah W. 2 months ago
    Being careful.
  • Gina L. 3 months ago
    I watched our recycle truck empty the bins. If you carefully make sure no broken glass is placed into the your trash forget about it. The haulers in our area were breaking the glass in the trash so badly it was spitting out of the truck. I asked them about why they were not more careful. All I received was a funny look. I guess they are not paid to be safe with the recycle centers.
  • Mike A. 3 months ago
    Can non-broken glass be put in the recycle bin? The reason I ask is because I suspect any glass that goes in there, will most likely brake during transportation.
  • Janice M. 3 months ago
    Unless it has a recycle symbol it can't go in. Getting my answers on recycling.
  • Takiyah C. 3 months ago
    No someone can get hurt
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