How to Dispose of Old Window Glass

(Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Window glass generally should not be recycled along with glass bottles and jars. As with heat-resistant ovenware, drinking glasses and visionware, window glass has been treated during manufacturing. Coatings that affect fragility and heat- and UV-transfer can weaken recycled glass, causing bubbles and cracks. Disposing of old windows can incur cost, whether a window replacement company charges you to haul them off or a sanitation company charges you for a dumpster. A few independent options are available that won’t cost anything and might qualify as recycling.

Contact local artists, especially those who work in glassware. Some will willingly take the glass off your hands and use it into their projects.

Donate the glass to Habitat for Humanity, if the glass is still in the windows. Habitat for Humanity has stores that sell building material, both new and used, to raise money for their house-building projects. Check your local chapter’s site to see if they have the infrastructure to accept it.

Dispose of any broken window glass that artists don’t want by securely wrapping it in several layers of newspaper for the safety of sanitation workers during handling. Then dispose it with your regular garbage. Be sure to handle any broken glass with thick leather gloves.

Tips & Warnings

  • Enter your location and “dispose windows” into a search engine to find local solutions for disposal. A local facility may be available for disposal or reuse.

Related Searches


Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Recycle Glass Windows & Doors

    Glass windows and doors cannot be recycled through your town's recycling program, but that doesn't mean they should be destined for the...

  • How to Recycle Plate Glass

    Recycling your plate glass can seem like a difficult task. Especially when most recycling facilities do not allow you to include a...

  • Broken Glass Safety Policies

    Glass is fragile and subject to breakage. When glass breaks, the proper handling procedures, generally described in a safety policy, ensure the...

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!