How to Dispose of Large Pieces of Glass?

Glass is a very environmentally friendly material for packaging and storage, particularly for food. Glass items can come in an array of shapes and sizes. This malleability of glass makes it so versatile in its uses. 

When we think of large glass pieces, we think of mirrors, chandeliers, window glass, glass tabletops, etc. Now when you are through with a large glass object, it’s natural to ask how to get rid of it. This article will explain thoroughly how to dispose of large glass pieces. 

How to Dispose of Large Pieces of Glass?

Large glass pieces can feel like a challenge to dispose of, but in reality, disposing of them isn’t as hard. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to dispose of large broken pieces of glass: 

  • When the glass breaks, your priority is to put on thick-soled shoes.
  • Wear thick gloves, preferably made of wool.
  • Collect all the pieces of glass in one place with a broom.
  • Take a cardboard box big enough to fit all the glass pieces.
  • If there are very large pieces of glass, you’ll have to break them into smaller pieces.
  • Put on goggles for eye protection. 
  • Take a hammer and use the hammer to break the glass into smaller pieces. 
  • Once the glass pieces are small enough to fit inside the cardboard box, you can stop. 
  •  Place all the broken pieces into the box. 
  • Vacuum the floor thoroughly to ensure no shard of glass remains on the floor. 
  • Vacuum under shelves or other furniture to make sure no glass is left on the floor. 
  • Tape the box shut and label it, “broken glass”. 
  • Call local recycling companies to see if any of them accept broken glass. 
  • Check your municipality’s guidelines on how to dispose of broken glass. 
  • If the broken glass is not recyclable in your area you’ll have to throw the box in the trash or leave the box by the trash collection site for pickup. 

As for unbroken material, it is better to reuse the product somehow to minimize landfill waste. These glasses are not recyclable in most cases and thus you really should consider whether you want to send them to a landfill or find another home for them. 

Most large glasses are not recyclable: 

In most cases, glass other than beverage bottles and food jars is not recycled. This is because different types of glass have different melting points and some like pyrex, which are heat resistant, contain chemicals that change their properties. If different types of glasses are mixed, then the resulting product is very low quality with a high chance of shattering or cracking. 

Glasses that are used to make glassware, crystals, windows, mirrors are mostly non-recyclable. Nevertheless, you must call your local authorities and ask whether they have any special programs for glass products.

If they do not, chances are you are expected to throw the glass into the trash. However, if the item is usable, I recommend you sell it or donate it if you are not interested in selling it. I’m sure you have an idea of how massive and fastly growing the world’s waste problem is. Adding more trash into the landfills is not the best solution.

Especially glass since it does not decompose or break down for centuries. However, if you can’t sell or donate your large glass item, you’ll have to throw it into the trash. You need to make sure you pack it properly so it doesn’t break during transportation. 

If it is an irregularly shaped item like a large glass vase or a chandelier, I recommend getting a big cardboard box for it. Put the glass item in the box and tape it shut. Label the box, “glass inside” as before with the broken glass. 

Place the box near the garbage collection site for pickup. 

If your glass item is flat, like a mirror, table-top, or window, here’s what you should do: 

  • Put the tape around the glass, especially ensuring the edges are taped well. 
  • Get some bubble wrap and cover the glass well to make sure it doesn’t break easily. 
  • Label it “glass item” and place it near the trash pickup spot. 

Glass has many types and large glass items are not recycled in most towns, this is why you must try to reuse it in any way possible and disposal must be the last resort. If the disposal is the only option available, then it must be done responsibly and safely so it doesn’t hurt anyone working in the sanitation department. 

Conclusion 

When we think of large glass pieces, we think of mirrors, chandeliers, window glass, glass tabletops, etc. Now when you are through with a large glass object, it’s natural to ask how to get rid of it. This article explains thoroughly how to dispose of large glass pieces.

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

How do I properly dispose of broken glass? 

You must put the glass pieces in a cardboard box and tape the box shut. Then you should see if any recycling company near you accepts broken glass, or not, throw the box in the trash.

Can you put broken glass in the bin? 

Only if you secure it in a way it doesn’t damage anyone. 

Will broken glass damage garbage disposal? 

Yes, it will. Moreover, it will be a health hazard. Do not put the glass down the garbage disposal. 

Is broken glass hazardous waste? 

No, it is not considered hazardous. But it is very dangerous, and it should be disposed of properly. 

What can be done with glass waste? 

You can try to donate it or sell it if it is in good condition. Otherwise, you can recycle it. If none of these options are possible, you can throw it in the trash.

Can I recycle large broken glass pieces? 

Most municipalities will not accept broken glass pieces. But you should call local, private recycling companies to see if they accept broken glasses. 

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