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 piece of plate glass from a window, table top, mirrored or car windshield for pickup. Finding a way to recycle plate glass can seem daunting but there are a few ways to recycle your plate glass.

  • Find a glass exchange program online. These can be found by doing a basic web search for "plate glass exchange." This will enable you to find out if your glass is fetching a price on the recycling market as well as give you a list of companies able to purchase your plate glass for recycling.

  • Contact artisans who work with glass. Blown glass and mosaic artists often want old plate glass to work with. Sometimes they even pay a little for it. You can find artisans by searching the web or attending a few craft fairs to look for them. Often your recycled plate glass will get a second life as a set of dinnerware, a stepping stone or a lamp.

  • Contact a recycling facility and ask if they accept plate glass. They may notify you that it must be dropped off or picked up by them for a fee. This fee may range in price depending upon each individual recycling company.

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