You Broke a Glass: Now What?

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OH NO! You broke a drinking glass, but want to do the right thing...and that's recycle it...right?

NO! Broken drinking glasses are NOT recyclable.

And here's why:

SAFETY: We all know that a broken drinking glass can easily cut, so having it hanging out in a recycling bin is a big no-no. We want to keep our transfer station and solid waste operators safe. Be sure to wrap broken glass in several layers of paper and secure it closed with tape or string.

PROCESSING: While you may think "glass is glass" it's not - the chemical composition and melting point of the glass used to make drinking glasses is different from glass used to make storage containers (like glass bottles). Combining the two would be an unsafe combination, resulting in a more easily breakable container. Yikes!

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This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service. Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc., is an equal opportunity provider and employer.