How to Safely Dispose of Glass Garbage

How to dispose of broken glass safely.
How to dispose of broken glass safely.

Do you need to get rid of unwanted bits of glass? Understanding how to dispose of dangerous garbage, like broken glass, is important for everyone's safety.

If you do not have access to a glass recycling bin or a depot, there is another solution.

Items you will Need

  • A piece of cloth, the thicker the better. The size will depend upon the amount of glass.
  • A hammer.
  • A box with a lid.
  • Strong adhesive tape.
  • Paper and a red marker.

Find a box that has a lid and can hold the broken glass.
Find a box that has a lid and can hold the broken glass.

Tips to Safely Remove Broken Glass from Your Home

  • Place the glass onto the cloth and wrap to cover the glass.
  • Gently break into smaller pieces.
  • Lift and put it into your box.
  • If the box is big and there is a large gap, then put another piece of cloth on top of the wrapped glass to keep it secure.
  • Close the box and seal with strong tape.
  • On the large white piece of paper, write the words "Danger. Broken glass in box" in red.
  • Attach danger sign to the box with tape.
  • Place on a high shelf until garbage collection day.
  • Make a reminder for yourself beside your garbage bin so you don’t forget to place the box of glass inside the bin for collection.

Don't place broken glass into the garbage without preparing it first! The sharp edges will cut through the garbage bag and could seriously hurt someone.
Don't place broken glass into the garbage without preparing it first! The sharp edges will cut through the garbage bag and could seriously hurt someone.

How Not to Dispose of Broken Glass

Ok, let's go back to the beginning where you have just broken some glass.

Here is the wrong way to dispose of it:

  • Don't wrap the glass in newspaper and then throw it into your bin bag or trash can. The glass will cut through the paper. The only thing you've done is camouflage a very dangerous weapon and created an accident waiting to happen.

How Do You Get Rid of your Broken Glass

  • At a Recycle Depot
  • In a Communal Glass Recycle Bin
  • Wrap the Glass in Paper and Add to my Garbage Trash Can
  • As no 3 but Wrapped in Old Cloth
  • Either 3 or 4 But Will Now Use Your Method
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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

nice hub

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks. I have just spent the last two days cleaning up after a burst pipe which destroyed my kitchen arrghh. Up to my eyes in water. Getting new lino for the floor on Sat. But I am sure once time has passed I will find the humour in it and find something to write about that in a hub. lol.

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Jule Romans 6 years ago from United States

Important information. I often just put broken glass in a cardboard box and vacuum up the specks. I see now that is probably not a great idea.

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

No certainley isn't lol. Thanks for reading the article and your comment

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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

My brother-in law used to put broken glass--even old jars and bottles into his portable cement mixer and tumble it into finite bits-- later he would mix it in with his sand, gravel and cement to make curbs and planter walls. Nothing to put in the trash. I know this is not practical for everyone, but it works.

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

It is a great way at do it yourself recycling though. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting

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Zreeves11 6 years ago from Kent

great hub very good work.

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks for your comment Zreeves much appreciated

gail 6 years ago

Mixing glass with food like the bread is a bad idea. Remember nature!: the animals could potentially SUFFER because of this as they are rummaging for food. Please DO NOT consider doing this!!!

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Yes gail a very fair point you make here in your comment, thanks. I agree with you totally and have therefore deleted the video from this hub that gives this as a tip of how to dispose of broken glass safely.

It gets the job done but could be at the expense of wildlife so it is not something I would advocate either

Joe Rumins 5 years ago

Thanks. Ifo was great. Ill next time dispose it the right way

Sherri Shepherd 5 years ago

Just broke a huge wall mirror... thank you for your tips of disposal, because I wouldn't want anybody to be hurt by my carelessness. I used all my old towels to wrap and put the glass in a box with big letters "BROKEN GLASS"... now I'm so happy because I get to buy all new towels... oh yeah & another wall mirror (wah wah).

Yadira 5 years ago

Hi! I'm a new home owner, the previous owner had an outdated mirror design that coverd an entire wall in the living area, I took them down and stored them in my driveway not sure on how to dispose because of my fear of anyone getting hurt (tought of lawsuit) thank you sooooo much for the article.

Kyle 5 years ago

Hey, great article, but I have an issue. My cat dropped a paper weight through my glass desk top, and the pieces are too large for my garbage bin, or for me to break easily. How should I handle them?

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

When you break something with glass in it this is a very easy and safe way to get rid of it. A lot of homes now have recycle bins that take pieces of shattered glass or bottles. But quite a few households have to use their own method.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and I am glad the article helped

mummblessings 4 years ago

this was so helpful! after reading your post I searched for more information on other ways to dispose of glass safely, a number of sites tell you to just wrap it in newspaper and throw it out with the trash, others tell you to wrap it in a cloth and put it in a plastic bag and put that out with the trash. All of those ways seem very dangerous and I am glad that I came across you post. Thank you.

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viking305 3 years ago from Ireland Author

The best way to is always to put the glass pieces in a box for extra safely.

Thank you mummblessings for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

mousequeen1013 2 years ago

So if I put that box in the recycle bin (ours is just one box that we put everything into and they sort it at the recycle center) will they still recycle it or will it just end up in a landfill? Just curious.

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viking305 2 years ago from Ireland Author

They should recycle it because glass can be re used for many products

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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i usually pick up the broken pieces, wrap up in the newspaper, put into a plastic bag and then throw it into the garbage bin

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viking305 22 months ago from Ireland Author

Putting the broken glass in a bag even with newspaper wrapped around it could still be dangerous. but it is a lot safer than what some people who just throw it in the garbage trash bin with out any covering.

Thank you peachpurple for taking the time to leave a comment.

John Carston 5 months ago

Cleaning up after broken plate glass can be hazardous, so it's good to know these disposal tips if repair isn't an option. I hadn't thought of placing cloth on the glass and breaking it into smaller pieces, but I'll need to give that a try. Thanks for the useful glass disposal tips.

siShome 5 weeks ago

thanks, I broke glass and im about to dispose it, but im worry that scavenger might step on it once it transfered in to dumpster.

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