Frequently Asked Questions
The Glass Packaging Institute and the Glass Recycling Coalition are two great resources for learning all about glass containers and glass recycling. We encourage you to visit these site to learn more about the amazing properties of glass.
01 What kinds of glass can I recycle with you?
The only kinds of glass we can accept are food and beverage containers including vitamin supplement bottles, perfume and cologne bottles, canning jars such as Ball, Atlas and Mason, and candle containers such as Yankee Candle.
02 Do I have to wash the glass bottles & jars and remove the labels?
We only require that you rinse out the bottles and jars you want to take for recycling so that they are free of food, oil, or waxy residue. Also, please remove the caps, lids, and any plastic inserts such as in olive oil bottles. You can leave the labels and aluminum or plastic neck rings on.
03 Where can I drop off my glass?
Currently, we are only scheduling "pop-up" collection events with local municipalities, non-profit organizations, churches or civic groups, schools, and businesses like grocery stores or your local food co-op. You can check the pop-up schedule here to see if there is an upcoming event near you. If there is not, then you can urge your municipality to contact us to schedule one or work with a church, non-profit, civic or scouting group in your community to organize one with us.
04 Do you collect from bars and restaurants?
We have a separate collection service for bars and restaurants. Contact us to learn more about this glass collection service, and how we may be able to reduce business waste hauling costs. Each bar and restaurant is different, and we work with you to design a system specific to your needs and constraints. We're here to help you reduce your waste hauling fees and support glass container recycling.
05 Why can't I bring my windows or light bulbs to you for recycling?
Food and beverage container glass is comprised of three basic raw materials - silica sand, soda ash, and limestone - while other types of glass have other compounds that cannot be mixed with container glass. Friends of Glass provides a great tutorial here.