How to Recycle Glass Bottles

Glass bottles can be recycled into new items indefinitely.

You can use glass bottles for useful crafts or recycle them.
It takes less energy to produce a new bottle from recycled glass than from raw materials. This reduces all the problems caused through the burning of fossil fuels, such as air pollution, habitat destruction and ocean acidification. Recycling also stops the glass from going to landfill, where it would take up space. Unnecessary use of land for garbage means less space for agriculture and natural habitat. Glass bottles are one of the most straight-forward items for people to recycle, because almost all recycling centers and collection services accept them. .

Place three strong bags or large plastic containers in your kitchen.

Remove tops, metal rings and corks from empty glass bottles and jars. You can leave labels on.

Rinse the bottles and jars in a dishpan of warm water to remove sticky residues. The remains of food, juice, beer or wine in a bottle can attract ants and other pests.

Sort the bottles by color. Most recycling centers have receptacles for green glass, brown glass and clear glass. Unusual colors, such as red or yellow, go with "brown" glass. Use one of the bags for each color. Some centers and most collection services accept mixed glass, which means you do not need to sort the bottles.

Take the bottles to a recycling center, or put them out for curbside collection, once the bags are full and place them in the appropriate receptacles.

Things You Will Need

  • 3 strong bags
  • Dishpan


  • Glass bottles can form the base of numerous crafts and practical household items such as hummingbird feeders and candle holders.

About the Author

Judith Willson has been writing since 2009, specializing in environmental and scientific topics. She has written content for school websites and worked for a Glasgow newspaper. Willson has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.