Not All Glass Is Recyclable

December 14, 2018

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When it comes to items to recycle, paper, plastic, aluminum and glass come to mind.  However not all glass is recyclable!  A surprise to most that a broken drink glass or wine bottle would disqualify it from the recycling bin, but broken glass is not accepted for curbside recycling.  While safety is a concern for those sorting broken glass in recycling centers, certain kinds of glass (like mirror glass and the stuff we turn into drinking glasses) have chemicals or compositions that make them unsuitable for reuse. Once melted down, these types of broken glass can't be remade into a reliable new glass material, so there's no point in trying to recycle them in the first place. Broken drinking glasses have a different chemical composition that can cause abnormalities and fracture points in new glass when recycled. Therefore, broken wine and drinking glasses should always be wrapped in paper and thrown in the trash. If it's not broken, reusable glassware that you just want to get rid of can go in the donation pile if you can't find a better home for it. The same is true for standard light bulbs. Incandescent and halogen bulbs should be disposed of in the trash. They too contain chemicals that render them unrecyclable and the fine wires in the glass are very difficult to separate out. However compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs can be recycled (and should as they contain hazardous substances such as mercury, lead and arsenic), all other broken bulbs should be wrapped in sheets of newspaper and thrown out. Check with your local services before adding anything you're not sure of to your curbside bin.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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