Acrylic Glass

Do Not Put In Recycling

Acrylic glass, also commonly known as plexiglass, is a type of plastic #7, or other plastic. Learn more about plastic #7 here.


OK in the Trash

Small amounts of acrylic glass can be put in your garbage. Large amounts must be taken to a landfill.


Acrylic Is Flammable

Acrylic glass can ignite at a low temperature. Avoid exposing acrylic glass to heat or open flames. If you are working with acrylic, follow all safety precautions necessary to avoid burns and unwanted fires.

Ways to Reduce

Choose Polycarbonate or Traditional Glass Instead

Polycarbonate glass is similar to acrylic glass but more durable and less flammable, so it is a safer, longer lasting choice than acrylic glass. Traditional glass is a recyclable and scratch-resistant alternative to acrylic glass – however, it can shatter more easily than acrylic or polycarbonate.

Ways to Reuse

Donate Unwanted Acrylic Glass

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, art studios, or community workshops sometimes accept acrylic glass for reuse or repurposing.

Repurpose Unwanted Acrylic Glass

Acrylic is a versatile material that can be cut or bent into almost any shape. Unwanted acrylic glass can be repurposed in picture frames, display boxes, shelving and other items. Check out Pinterest for more ideas.

Did You Know?

How to Recycle Acrylic

7 Tips for Working With Acrylic