How to Dispose of Glass Bottles?

We have always heard that glass is environmentally friendlier than plastic. It does not deform at high heat or release any harmful chemicals making them perfect for storing food and drinks. They can be recycled repeatedly and require less energy to produce than plastic. 

Humans have been using glass to carry beverages long before plastic was invented, and recently we are again making a switch from plastic to glass. If you are environmentally conscious you probably wondered how to get rid of empty glass bottles in the most sustainable way possible. This article will explain in detail how to dispose of glass bottles properly. 

How to Dispose of Glass Bottles?

Most glass bottles used for food packaging are recyclable. In the United States, you can throw your glass bottles in curbside recycling, this is the same case for Europe. 

Glass bottles that are used for food packaging are usually clear, brown, or green. All three are recyclable. Clear bottles are the most widely used and are made of soda ash, limestone, and sand. Green and brown bottles have dyes that give them their distinct color. 

In most municipalities, you will get a recycling bin for your house where you can place all your recyclables. Some will provide multiple where each is designated for a type of recyclable. 

But in most cities in the United States, the recycling system is single-stream, meaning all household recyclables go into one bin. 

Glass bottles that are used for food packagings like beer, coke, or any other beverage are recyclable despite the color. But keep in mind that different types of glass have different chemical compositions which change their properties and melting temperature. 

This is why they cannot all be recycled together, and most local recycling centers only recycle food-grade glass bottles and jars. 

Here’s what you should do before you dispose of your glass bottles: 

  • Rinse the bottles thoroughly. 
  • Remove metal caps or any other material attached to them. 
  • Remove the labels from the bottle
  • Sort them based on color if the municipality requires you to
  • Place them in the recycling bin
  • Recycle on pick-up day

For cosmetic glass bottles or other types of glass bottles, you can contact local glass recycling centers to see if they accept a glass of that type. For example, pyrex is not recyclable but some local centers may accept pyrex for recycling. 

Conclusion

Humans have been using glass to carry beverages long before plastic was invented, and recently we are again making a switch from plastic to glass. If you are environmentally conscious you probably wondered how to get rid of empty glass bottles in the most sustainable way possible. This article explains in detail how to dispose of glass bottles properly. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Glass Bottles

How can I get rid of beer bottles?

Beer bottles are recyclable. You can place them in the recycling bin directly, if your county has separate bins for glass, place them accordingly. 

Are glass bottles recyclable? 

Yes, most glass bottles are recyclable and you recycle them via curbside recycling. 

What do I do with wine bottles?

Wine bottles are also recyclable, place them in curbside recycling unless your municipality says otherwise. 

Do I throw glass bottles in the curbside recycling? 

Yes, in most cases this is acceptable. However, make sure your municipality accepts glass in curbside recycling first. 

What do I do with cosmetics glass bottles?

Most of these are recyclable, but you need to wash them thoroughly first. 

Do I separate bottles based on color before recycling? 

In some countries, they do require you to do so, but in most cases, in the United States, you can throw all your glass in the curbside recycling. 

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