Window Glass

Alternative ways to recycle
Special Management Instructions Landfill, Transfer Station, or Curbside Collection

Sell or Donate

Window glass should never be placed in the recycling bin. If usable, unbroken window glass should be sold or donated. Usable window glass may also be accepted by a reuse store near you.


Old windows can also be reused at home for projects such as backyard greenhouses.

Broken Glass

If broken, tape or wrap the window glass so that it is safe to handle. Then the item(s) may be dropped off at a local transfer station or landfill, or placed out by the curb if local pick-up is available in your community. Contact your recycling and waste hauler if you have additional questions about how to best manage window glass in your community.


Separate Broken Glass

Broken windows are a safety hazard for sanitation workers, so they cannot be recycled. Find out how to dispose of broken glass.


Do Not Recycle

Windows cannot be recycled because they are too labor intense and dangerous to dismantle. Instead, wrap up the window in a blanket and take it to the landfill.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Donate to Building REsources

Consider donating undamaged windows to Building REsources, who resells reusable, recycled and remanufactured building and landscape materials. They are a not for profit organization based in San Francisco. Find out more.


Donate to Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that accepts building materials, which they use to construct affordable housing for low-income families. They will take whole windows and sliding glass doors if they are undamaged at their REstore locations. Find a REstore nearest you.