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Recycling glass is important for many reasons. It preserves our resources, reduces pollution, helps companies and consumers save money, and reduces landfill waste. Disposing of recyclables represents a duplication of efforts. For example, when glass containers are thrown away as trash, those items must be made again from scratch. 

Overlooking opportunities for glass recycling and reuse puts a strain on glass manufacturers, ultimately leaving fewer resources for other purposes. When crushed into cullet and recycled, glass can easily be reused or repurposed for a new product.

Tips & Best Practices for Recycling Glass at Home

  • Keep out contaminates.
  • Recycle clean glass - not dirty glass.
  • Do not recycle broken glass.
  • Contact us if you're unsure.

To maximize recycling efforts, focus on recycling clean glass containers and glass bottles above all else. Avoid recycling broken glass. If you are unsure if your glass can be recycled, isolate it from the recycling bin and reach out to Rumpke to help you determine what’s best.

Did you know that a single household can generate several tons of waste every year? It’s more important than ever before for homeowners to make recycling a part of the everyday routine. 

Rumpke’s single-stream recycling programs in OhioIndiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia make it easier to mix recyclables in the same curbside bin, but it is important to understand that there are many types of glass that cannot be recycled. While glass can be melted repeatedly, contaminants in non-recyclable glass can disrupt the process. 

Glass Recycling Options

Our single-stream program also makes it easier to manage all acceptable items to recycle, such as recycling glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, and steel cans and lids. Rumpke recycling centers can accommodate an array of plastic items.


For local homeowners, most municipalities are eligible for residential pickup. You can also bring materials and recyclable glass to a designated drop-off location in your community.


Commercial recycling starts with an audit of your business so our teams can help you determine what type of glass collection you need and help identify the right-size recycling containers.

Recycling Audit

Everything starts with our professional waste and recycling audit to determine your needs before preparing a comprehensive recycling plan. We’ll examine your current practice, perform an audit, and then analyze the data for opportunities to improvement your waste and recycling process.

Glass Recycling FAQ

Yes, but there are many limitations to consider. Container glass, including jars, liquor bottles, and soda bottles are most easily recycled to make new glass containers.

That said, there are many other types of glass known as non-container glass, safety glass, or “treated glass,” that are treated to be more durable. These glass products, such as used in Pyrex or other cookware pieces, feature chemicals that increase the melting point. If non-recyclable glass were to be recycled with glass bottles, the non-recyclable glass wouldn’t melt.

Though it may seem that many types of glass are not recyclable, tons of glass are reused every year. Recycling facilities like ours make every effort to reduce waste and increase sustainability to improve communities. Please see our list of acceptable items, or contact us with questions.

Yes, recyclable glass can go directly into the container bin. Rumpke uses "Single-Stream" processing so that materials don’t need to be separated into different bins for pickup. Just be sure to rinse the glass containers to reduce chances of food getting mixed into the stream.

Make it easier to maximize your recycling efforts by signing up for service with Rumpke. Our single-stream recycling programs focus on all recyclable materials – glass recycling, plastic recycling, and more –not just individual pre-sorted materials. If you use recyclable glass containers, our comprehensive approach will help you divert materials from landfills.

In addition to curbside collection, many communities have public recycling drop-off locations to make recycling easier for residents.

It’s not necessary to sort your glass by color. Our recycling technology will help do that for you.

  • Any glass mixed with other materials, such as decorative leaded glass
  • Mixed-color glass
  • Dirty containers with unrinsed food waste
  • Ceramics, Pyrex, and other types of heat-resistant glass
  • Window glass and mirrors
  • Crystal
  • LED and halogen light bulbs
  • Computer or television screens

Recycling Education

Interested in educating yourself further on waste and recycling processes? Click below and continue learning! At Rumpke, we believe educating our community is the key to working together for a sustainable future.

You can even contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns about Rumpke's recycling services.