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 eye protection when disposing of broken glass. Find out how to dispose of broken glass.
Ways to Reduce
Donate to a Thrift Store
Consider donating usable mirrors to a thrift shop instead of throwing them away. Glass will not break down in a landfill.
Ways to Reuse
Upcycle Old Mirrors
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.
Paint or Reframe Your Mirror
If your mirror is still in good condition but you hate the frame, consider painting your old frame a new color or having the glass reframed in a style you like.