Take to Landfill

Do Not Mix With Glass Recycling

Mirrors cannot be recycled with glass bottles; the melting temperature for mirrors is higher than other glass recyclables.

Safely Transport a Whole Mirror

Whole mirrors can be set next to the garbage for pickup but need to be wrapped first. Use strong tape to make an “X” across the mirror, and then wrap in bubble wrap or a blanket. Finally, attach a piece of paper that says “glass” or “mirror.”

Carefully Dispose of Broken Mirror

Wear gloves and goggles when disposing of broken glass. Find out how to dispose of broken glass.

Ways to Reduce

Donate to a Thrift Store

Consider donating mirrors (that are intact) to a thrift shop, instead of throwing them away. Glass will not break down in a landfill.


Glass from a broken mirror can be used on your next crafting project. You can create an ornament, mosaic or a backsplash in your bathroom or kitchen. View more craft ideas.