How to Recycle Lead Glass


Governments, as well as businesses, are starting to look at lead glass as a commodity rather than waste. Therefore, many places allow you to recycle your old lead glass safely and easily.

You can find lead glass in a number of different items, including the glass video display component of televisions and computers. It's important to keep this material out of landfills because, as machinery compacts it and breaks it apart, lead toxins can escape into the environment and cause health problems for humans and wildlife.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet Access
  • Pen and paper
  • Use a web search, such as EcoSquid, to decide if you want to use a local program, manufacturer or retailer program, or government-supported donation and recycling program.

  • Pay attention to location. Many search sites ask for a zip code to make sure you can reach the recycling site.

  • Drop off your items at the most convenient place. If the next electronics recycling drive hosted by your town won't happen for two months, think about using a nearby office supply retailer.

Tips & Warnings

  • As you look at your options for recycling lead glass, consider recycling drives sponsored by non-profit organizations. Schools often can earn money by hosting drives, because the materials collected have a market value when gathered in sufficient volume.
  • Avoid frustration by calling ahead. Make sure the site is open or will accept your items before you take those things on a ride around the block.
  • Be careful lifting computer monitors and televisions. The lead inside of them makes them heavy and awkward to carry. If you need help lifting items at a retailer, ask for assistance.

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