Common glass items like glassware, windows, mirrors and picture frames present recycling issues.
Glass is one of the most common materials found in just about any household. Despite this, not a lot is known about how recyclable different types of glasses are. Unfortunately, not all types of glass we may be looking to dispose can go into the recycling bin. Here is a guide on the recyclability of common glass household items.
Window glassWindow glass can be more difficult to recycle than other types of glass because it is often attached to a metal or wood frame. Detaching the glass from its frame, if possible, is usually expensive. Recyclers must also take into consideration what type of glass the windows use, such as safety or tinted glass. These types of glass cannot be molded together to create a new product.
Because of this, many recycling centers will not accept window glass. However, recycled windows can be used for other purposes. They can be recreated into Fiberglas, ground up and added to asphalt for creative projects, stirred into paint used on roads and more. Companies that reuse building materials will also accept the donated window glass to use as it is. Click here more information on how window glass can be reused.