What Types of Glass Can Be Recycled?
posted in Recycling Rules by Marissa Begley
Glass bottles and jars 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 tv for 20 minutes. Learn more glass facts here.
Not accepted glass has been treated with chemicals and coatings that cannot be recycled through traditional single stream recycling processes. These are serious contaminants. If mixed with acceptable glass like bottles and jars (of any color), the entire glass load could be rejected by our downstream processor.
*NOTICE* Glass bottles and jars are not accepted by all haulers or cities, check with your service provider for specific glass requirements.
SIOUX FALLS GUIDE TO GLASS RECYCLING:
Put In Your Recycling Bin
Any color OK, Labels OK, Metal Lids OK if empty
- Pickle Jars
- Baby Food Jars
- Wine Bottles
- Beer Bottles
- Ketchup Bottles
- Condiment Jars and Bottles
- Applesauce Jars
- Olive Oil Bottle
- Pasta Sauce Jars
- Jelly and Jam Jars
- Ball Canning Jars
- Beverage Bottles
- Food Bottles and Jars
- Perfume bottles
- Mason Jars
- Clear Glass Bottles and Jars
- Amber Glass Bottles and Jars
- Green Glass Bottles and Jars
- Blue Glass Bottles and Jars
- Still not sure? Ask Us!
Recycle Separately or Place in Trash
See disposal instructions under list
- Light Bulbs (Bring to HHW or SEAM)
- Fluorescent Lighting (Bring to HHW or SEAM)
- Drinking Glasses
- Wine Glasses
- Leaded Crystal
- Baking Dishes
- Heat Resistant Glass
- Computer Monitors (Bring to HHW or SEAM)
- Phone Screens (Bring to HHW or SEAM)
- Art Glass
- Glass Art
- Decorative Vases
- Window Plate Glass (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Windows (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Window Glass (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Sliding Glass doors (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Wall Mirrors (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Mirror Doors (If intact, donate to the Restore)
- Safety Glass
- Car Windshields
- Frosted Glass
- Test Tubes
- Any glass not on the Yes List (Still not sure? Ask Us!)
How to Dispose of Other Glass:
- If you cannot donate or reuse your non-recyclable glass, securely wrap it in several layers of newspaper and/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.
See EVERYTHING you can put in your recycling bin here! (It’s not just for glass) If what you’re looking for is not on the list, ask us! We’ll help you find the best disposal option in our area.