By Liesl Clark
We’ve broken a couple of wine glasses lately and although I knew our recycling facility in our home town won’t take glass from wine or drinking glasses, I thought I’d look up the reasons why. According to Washington State’s Department of Ecology: “The combination of ingredients used to make glassware is different from what goes into container glass for bottles and jars. If these two types of glass are recycled together, the resulting glass will not be suitable for container glass. In fact, glassware, ceramics, window panes, or mirrors can pose a threat to equipment in a glass recycling plant.”
So that’s our answer and likely the answer for all glass recycling facilities. We don’t want to contaminate the glass used for containing food. But if you break your mason or mayo jar, you can still put it in your glass recycling. It’s the material that counts, not whether it’s broken.
Will anyone else take your broken drinking glasses? If they’re made of pretty colors, you might try a local potter or ceramics artist as glass mixed in with other glazes can make pretty colors in a firing.
• Recycle This in the UK has some interesting reuse ideas, like using your broken glass under your wood shed to deter rats!
• Take the stem of your broken wine glass and glue it to the bottom of a teacup for a pretty teacup wine glass.
• If your wine glass only has a chip or crack in it, or if it’s etched from your dishwasher, you can transform it into an adorable tea candle lamp. And if your kitty breaks enough of your wine glasses, then you can make a whole set of ’em.
What do you do with your broken glass? Send us your comments below or if you have a great solution you’d like to include in our app, please submit it through our contributor’s page.