Acrylic Glass Is Plastic #7
Acrylic glass, also commonly known as plexiglass, is a type of plastic #7, or “other” plastic. Learn more about plastic #7 here.
OK in the Trash
Small amounts of acrylic glass can be put in your garbage. Large amounts must be taken to a landfill.
Acrylic Is Flammable
Acrylic glass can ignite at a low temperature. Avoid exposing acrylic glass to heat or open flames. If you are working with acrylic, follow all safety precautions necessary to avoid burns and unwanted fires.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Polycarbonate or Traditional Glass Instead
Polycarbonate glass is similar to acrylic glass but more durable and less flammable, so it is a safer, longer lasting choice than acrylic glass. Traditional glass is a recyclable and scratch-resistant alternative to acrylic glass – however, it can shatter more easily than acrylic or polycarbonate.
Ways to Reuse
Donate Unwanted Acrylic Glass
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, art studios, or community workshops sometimes accept acrylic glass for reuse or repurposing.
Repurpose Unwanted Acrylic Glass
Acrylic is a versatile material that can be cut or bent into almost any shape. Unwanted acrylic glass can be repurposed in picture frames, display boxes, shelving and other items. Check out Pinterest for more ideas.