Glass

How do I dispose of glass?

Find out how to properly dispose of glass items (and why) by hovering over the images below.

MarBorg Glass Bottles Disposal

Glass Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

MarBorg Glass Jars Disposal

Glass Jars

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

MarBorg Drinking Glasses Disposal

Drinking Glasses

Trash

Drinking glasses are “tempered”, meaning they have been chemically treated. These chemicals prevent the glass from being recycled, so they must be placed in the trash.

MarBorg Art Glass Disposal

Art Glass

Trash

The colors in artistic glass and sculptures is derived from metals. The metal and glass are nearly impossible to separate, rendering these items as trash.

MarBorg Window Glass Disposal

Window Glass & Other Tempered Glass

Trash

Tempered glass has been chemically treated. These chemicals prevent the glass from being recycled, so it must be placed in the trash. Examples of tempered glass include windows, drinking glasses, and art glass.

MarBorg Incandescent Light Bulb Disposal

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Trash

Incandescent light bulbs contain wire filmanets that heat up and emit a glow. They do not contain hazardous materials, so you can place them in the trash.

MarBorg LED Light Bulb Disposal

LED Light Bulbs

Trash

While LEDs do contain some heavy metals, like lead and copper, they are not currently classified as hazardous waste in California. You can either place them in the trash, or drop them off at UCSB’s Hazardous Waste Center.

MarBorg Fluorescent Light Bulb and Tube Disposal

Fluorescent Light Bulbs/Tubes

Electronic Waste

Fluorescent light bulbs/tubes contain small amounts of mercury, so they can NOT be placed in your trash. Drop them off at MarBorg’s Downtown or Goleta Recycling Centers, County Transfer Station, or UCSB’s Hazardous Waste Center.