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Recycling Guidelines for Glass – Boston

Most glass products can be recycled. By 2006 Americans recycled 25% of the glass waste we produced. Manufacturing glass products out of recycled glass is cheaper and requires less energy than using primarily raw materials. By continuing to recycle glass, especially food and beverage containers, we save valuable resources and cut down on harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

What Can You Recycle in Boston?


  • Glass bottles

  • Glass jars

  • Clear, green and brown glass


  • Any glass items other than bottles and jars - mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, glassware etc.

Boston Glass Recycling Resources

  • Blue bin recycling is available for residents in households with one to six units.

  • Place your recycling in your blue bin and bring it out to the curb after 5pm the night before your recycling day or before 7am on your recycling day.

  • Click here to find your recycling collection schedule and here to view the holiday collection schedules.

  • The City of Boston also provides a guide on how to prepare your waste for recycling.

  • Glass Packaging Institute - Database of glass recyclers


City of Boston [2008] Curbside Recycling. Available from: [14-8-08]

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