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It has become common practice that old glass is thrown into the appropriate container for disposal. If it cracks there, that's completely normal and nobody thinks about it any further. But what about if something breaks before it is thrown in? How and where will Broken glass disposed of? The waste glass container is not always the right solution.

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How do you dispose of broken glass?

Not all broken glass may be disposed of in the waste glass, as only container glass belongs in the glass container. Shards of drinking glasses are disposed of in the residual waste, the same applies to lightbulbs, porcelain and earthenware.

When it comes to disposal, not all glass is the same

Glass is glass, but many people still see a difference in color and thickness, otherwise everything is the same and is disposed of immediately.

A fateful fallacy: the composition of the various glass mixtures sometimes varies so widely that sensible recycling becomes impossible if certain types are not separated from one another beforehand.

A complex and laborious process that can easily be avoided if the guidelines of the disposal experts are taken into account. Fortunately, they're not that complicated.

Only container glass is allowed to go with old glass

The used glass containers, which can be found almost everywhere, are specifically intended for so-called container glass, i.e. glass in which food or other items are stored. These are of course the obligatory bottles, but also mustard, jam and preserving jars and cosmetic bottles.

On the other hand there is glass for everyday use, including drinking glasses, jugs made from coffee machines, light bulbs, fairy lights, ceran glass, car and window panes, mirror and crystal glass, everything made of ceramics, porcelain or earthenware.

Another important rule of thumb is that if it doesn't fit in the container, then it doesn't belong in it either - intentionally smashing glass to throw the broken glass into the waste glass container is a bad idea.

Broken glass from drinking glasses is residual waste

Especially often in every household it is likely to be the constantly used drinking glasses that are accidentally broken. The broken pieces should not be put in the collecting bag for the waste glass after they have been swept together!

Drinking glasses have a different composition than container glass, they have a different melting point - an important factor when melting down and recycling old glass.

It is best to carefully sweep up the broken glass from drinking glasses and maybe smash it into old newspapers so that nobody gets injured and the broken glass does not tear the garbage bag.

Then they just come in the household garbage. Larger quantities can also be handed in to a recycling center.

Broken glass can also be put in the waste glass container

Shards are of course basically no problem for the waste glass container - however, they should be thrown in directly and not wrapped in protective paper or even fabric. They only disrupt the recycling process.

However, all cullet must come from container glass and also be sorted by color - brown glass in white glass containers also has a disruptive effect on recycling.

Blue, red or yellow glass should be sorted into the green glass container, where the foreign colors disturb the least. If there are caps and lids on broken preserving jars or beverage bottles, these simply belong in the yellow sack - they count as packaging waste.

If the broken glass is not too dirty, there is no need to clean it, because recycling systems can cope with a few leftover food.

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