Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. 1 ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every 6 tons of recycled container glass used in the manufacturing process. "Other" glass products such as table tops, window panes, headlights, light bulbs, ovenware, drinking glasses, crystal, Pyrex, etc., is manufactured differently and cannot be mixed due to the additives in the glass, which will contaminate a whole load of recyclable glass. The rule of thumb: If it is a container with a cap, it is a recyclable glass.
Madison will begin offering curbside glass recycling January 10, 2024. Glass recycling will be collected separately from the rest of the recycling stream on alternating Wednesdays. See the pick-up schedule here.
Sign up for curbside glass recyclingonline here. A 35-gallon rolling cart will be delivered to your address for glass recycling. This cart is for glass recycling only.
All collected glass is delivered directly to Strategic Materials in College Park, where it is converted into powder or cullet (broken glass of a specific size) for use in new glass containers, fiberglass, reflective paint, abrasives, industrial fillers, or specialty glass.