Glass of All Kinds

Clear Container Glass

Recycling glass is just plain simple. Now don't worry about removing the label 'cause it's glued on like it had to be there a hundred years. Just rinse the bottle or jar. Then put it in a cardboard box, grocery bag, plastic pail, or your red curbside recycling bin until pickup day, which is the same day as regular garbage service. Keep glass separated by colors. Pretty darn easy.

Consider purchasing products in clear glass containers whenever possible. Few Oregon products use brown or green glass containers which means local demand for recycled colored glass is very limited. You can help Oregon glass recyclers by selecting food and beverage containers made of clear glass when you are given a choice by the product manufacturer.

Put the lid back on the jar after you have rinsed it. This way you will have the proper lid handy if you wish to reuse the container. When you are ready to recycle your glass containers, you can put the metal jar lids in with your tin cans and recycle them that way. Remember, if you are going to reuse a glass container for food storage, be sure to wash both the lid and jar with soap and hot water first.

What Is Cullet?

From the recycling center or depot, glass is made into what recyclers call cullet. Cullet what you will, it's still just broken glass. Because broken glass is dangerous to handle, always keep your recycled glass whole and let the professionals crush the glass for shipment and remanufacture.

Green & Brown Glass

Colored glass is most often used to bottle wine and beer. Wine bottles that use a cork may be reused by the wine industry. An easy to remember rule of thumb is: If the container is tinted, whether green, brown, or even blue, it is colored glass. Separate your colored glass from clear glass before curbside collection. Recycling dropoff centers also require that you sort glass by color.

Be sure to look for and remove the heavy lead foil found on the necks some corked wine bottles. Whatever the tradition, there are still a few unenlightened wineries packaging their food product with lead around the pouring spout. If lead is left on the bottle, it will contaminate the glass when it is melted in the remanufacturing process.

So let's get the lead out and remove that heavy lead foil. Fold these scraps of soft lead into filbert-sized wads, save them up, and drop them off at any Les Schwab Tire center in the state of Oregon. These folks have agreed to accept this material and recycle it with their used lead wheel-balancing weights. Lead is poisonous if eaten, so always keep it safely stored away from children and pets.

Non-Recyclable Kinds of Glass

There are varieties of household glass that cannot be recycled. Chemical composition prevents the recycling of frosted glass, mirror glass, light bulbs, ceramic items, window glass, drinking glasses and "Pyrex". Please do not put any glass items other than bottles or jars with your recyclable container glass.

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