L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
How to Safely Get Rid of Glass in the Garbage
Understanding how to dispose of dangerous garbage like broken glass and crockery is important for everyone's safety. If you do not have access to a glass recycling bin or a depot, you can learn the best solution here.
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.
How to Safely Dispose of Broken Glass
- Place the glass onto the cloth and wrap it securely so that it is covered.
- 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 more 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.
How Not to Dispose of It
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.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: How do I dispose of glasses in a hygienic way?
Answer: If you mean reading glasses, then there are a lot of charities that collect them for people who need them in poorer countries. They hand them out free to those who need them.
If you mean drinking glasses, then I would wrap them up as mentioned in this article above and add them to your trash.
If they are not broken, then why not bring them to a charity shop and let them sell them for a good cause.
Question: Can I put a broken cup in the black garbage bin?
Answer: Yes you can, but I would advise you to wrap it up with a heavy cloth first.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 27, 2020:
Hello Mercy, If you have a disposal depot that takes glass then that is the best way. We do not have that here where I live here in Ireland. What I did was get an old duvet and lay it on the ground. Placed the top on it and carefully smashed up the glass into much smaller pieces. I then wrapped them up in the duvet and placed in the bin. My bin collectors use automated collectors so there is no danger of them getting cut from the glass. If you do not have that option then follow the instructions above and use a suitable sized box.
Mercy on July 01, 2020:
How do I dispose of a glass top end table , about 28" by 24"
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 23, 2018:
Yes it is important to get rid of broken glass safely.
Crysta Waston on July 19, 2018:
You have shared a great information with us. Thanks for sharing such useful tips. These are helpful for us.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 28, 2018:
Hello Janis, I'm glad that the article was useful. Yes I always had that fear too that someone would cut themselves on the broken glass.
Janis on April 26, 2018:
Thank you for this information... I was always worried that a garbage pick up person would get hurt if it wasn't disposed of properly. I followed the instructions exactly.
siShome on September 10, 2016:
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.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on December 29, 2014:
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.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 19, 2014:
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
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 28, 2014:
They should recycle it because glass can be re used for many products
mousequeen1013 on May 20, 2014:
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.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 24, 2013:
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.
mummblessings on August 11, 2012:
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.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on July 25, 2012:
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
Kyle on July 28, 2011:
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?
Yadira on May 12, 2011:
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.
Sherri Shepherd on May 09, 2011:
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).
Joe Rumins on December 03, 2010:
Thanks. Ifo was great. Ill next time dispose it the right way
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 09, 2010:
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
gail on August 01, 2010:
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!!!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 26, 2010:
Thanks for your comment Zreeves much appreciated
Zreeves11 from Kent on April 26, 2010:
great hub very good work.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 25, 2010:
It is a great way at do it yourself recycling though. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 25, 2010:
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.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 25, 2010:
No certainley isn't lol. Thanks for reading the article and your comment
Jule Romans from United States on April 25, 2010:
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.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 25, 2010:
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.
Jacob from Delhi, India on March 23, 2010: