Recycling glass is not only a great way of saving natural resources and energy but with the proper process in place can also be very lucrative. Glass is widely accepted by local recycling centers and, unlike most other resources, glass bottles and containers can sometimes be cleaned and reused as is, making glass recycling more efficient and more profitable. Many people, in fact, manage to organize their own recyclable glass or their community's to use glass recycling as a source of extra income

Step 1.

Collect all of your recyclable glass, including bottles, containers and jars. In some cases, fragments of glass and small glass pieces such as decorations or glass tools can also be recycled.

If you feel comfortable doing so, contact neighbors or friends and ask them for their glass. If your community does not have glass recycling pick-up, you can do all of your neighbors a favor by retrieving their glass, increasing recycling in your community and increasing your profits.

Step 2.

Contact your local recycling center to inquire about glass drop-off procedures and the going market rate for recycled glass. Also ask about what categories they use to separate glass.

Rates can vary slightly from recycling center to recycling center, so if you are not satisfied with the price you receive at one center, call several more to confirm the price or look for a better offer. If you have glass-related industrial activities in your area, you should also ask them if they recycle on-site. Some glass-item producers with recycling facilities will be willing to pay for your glass.

Step 3.

Separate your glass according to the categories specified by your recycling center. These categories may vary, but glass is usually separated by color in blue, brown, clear and green. Some centers may have an additional category for broken glass or small glass items.

Separating your glass and saving the recycling center the trouble may increase the price you get for your glass.

Step 4.

Take your recyclable glass, in separate containers by category, to a recycling center drop-off point. Your glass will be inspected and weighed, and the center will determine a price for your items.


Glass recycling prices depend on local market conditions, proximity to a processing plant or local regulations like a bottle law that sets a minimum price for returned recyclable items. Investigate all of your options and be aware that, in some cases, it may make economic sense to transport your glass to a neighboring area in order to get a higher price.


Store your glass in a safe place where it is not likely to break. Broken glass containers will not only reduce the market value of your glass, but could pose a cutting or scratching risk.