Recycle Only Your Empties
Dump or rinse out any leftover food or drink before recycling empty glass jars. Sticky food or liquid residue can contaminate a batch of recycling.
Wrap Up Broken Glass
Broken glass can physically injure sanitation workers. Wrap up the broken glass before disposing of it. Learn how to properly dispose of broken glass.
Recycle Jar Lids Separately
Separate jar lids from glass jars when you recycle them. Recycle them separately because they are made from different materials.
Ways to Reuse
Organize Your Home
Try organizing your house by using old glass jars and bottles. Lidded glassware can hold anything — hardware, office supplies, arts and craft supplies, seeds, spices or other dry goods. See this list for more ideas.
Turn Jars Into Gifts
Use jars you have on hand to create little homemade gifts. They can be used to hold baking mixes, spice mixes, trail mix, hot cocoa mix, loose leaf tea, candles, oil or LED lamps, plants and more.