What types of glass can be recycled in Sioux Falls?
BOTTLES & JARS ONLY!
Glass used for food and beverage bottles and jars can be recycled right in your single stream (think pickle jars, baby food jars, wine bottles, beer bottles, etc). These items are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.
All colors are accepted for recycling. Just make sure they are free of liquid and food before you throw them in the bin, they don’t need to be spotless (aka you do not need to run them through the dishwasher) – See our “How Clean is Clean” post for more information. You don’t have to remove the labels and you can even leave the lid on (it will be separated in the breaking process at the recycling facility).
*NOTICE* Glass is not accepted by all haulers or cities, check with your service provider for specific glass requirements.
All other types of glass are NOT recyclable in the Sioux Falls single stream.
No light bulbs, decorative vases, glass drinking cups, plate glass, dishes, ceramics, mirrors, china, porcelain, window glass, Pyrex, test tubes, or frosted glass should never be put in your recycling bin. These are serious contaminants as they have different types of chemicals and coatings and cannot be recycled through traditional single stream recycling processes. If mixed in with acceptable glass like bottles and jars (of any color), the entire glass load could be rejected by our downstream processor.
What to Do with Non-Bottle Or Jar Glass:
1. Recycle At HHW Facility:
- Light Bulbs – The Sioux Falls Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts many different kinds of light bulbs for recycling. For businesses, you can bring fluorescent bulbs in bulk to SEAM in Sioux Falls for proper recycling.
- Donate intact windows, large wall mirrors or closet door mirrors to Habitat for Humanity. Their Restore sells new and used building material that helps raise money for the houses they build.
- Contact local artists, specifically those who work with glassware, or local theater companies. Some will willingly take the glass from you to use in their projects.
- Small vanity or decorative mirrors, dishes, vases, and all other types of household glass can be donated to local thrift stores if able to be reused.
- Some salvage yards may accept old glass windows and doors, call around to check if one near you accepts these materials, there may be a charge.
- If replacing a window, often times the company you’re using to install the new window will take your window away for you and properly dispose of it.
- If your glass does not fit into any of these other disposal or reuse categories, securely wrap it in several layers of newspaper or tape any broken shards for the safety of your waste hauler and dispose of it with your regular garbage. Your waste hauler may have specific rules for glass disposal so contact them directly with any questions.
- Be sure to handle any broken glass with thick leather gloves to prevent any injuries.
Have something else you’re not sure about? Use our handy Where Do I Take This tool to search the database of local places you can recycle almost anything! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask us! We love to hear your questions and if it’s not listed in our database, your questions help us add it to the list for others to see.