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Glass Containers
Many of these common household or office items can be placed in your recycling bin or taken to a transfer station. Recycling used materials into new products reduces: the consumption of raw materials, energy usage, air pollution from incineration, and water pollution from landfilling.

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PHONE BOOK RECYCLING
You can recycle your phone books at any of the following drop off bin locations:
BuRRT >
County Transfer Stations >
BUCKMAN ROAD RECYCLING & TRANSFER STATION HOURS: 8:00am - 4:45pm Mon - Sun
CAJA DEL RIO LANDFILL
HOURS: 7:00am - 5:00pm Mon - Sat
Glass is primarily made of sand, soda ash, and lime. All colors and sizes of glass bottles and jars are recyclable in Santa Fe.

Why recycle glass if it’s not made into something new?

It requires a lot of energy to heat the virgin materials to make glass and it can take hundreds of thousands of years for glass to break down in a landfill.  Glass makes up a large component of household and industrial waste due to its weight, and it takes up precious landfill space and contributes to landfill expansion.

In Santa Fe, glass is taken to the Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station (BuRRT) where it is crushed and stockpiled.  BuRRT receives an average of 160 tons of glass per month from Santa Fe businesses and residents.  Glass has been stockpiled at BuRRT over the recent years due to the lack of glass markets because it is very heavy and expensive to transport, especially since Santa Fe is in a rural part of the country.  Glass is also very inexpensive to make, so the cost of transportation and the lack of demand for glass does not make it economically feasible for glass recycling in Santa Fe. Instead, the stockpiled glass will be beneficially used in the new cell at the Caja del Rio Landfill.  The crushed glass will act as part of the landfill liner to collect the leachate that settles at the bottom.

Why NOT tempered glass or ceramics?

Tempered glass, such as drinking glasses, eye glasses, auto and window glass, are usually made to be shatter proof and cannot be recycled due to their different chemical additives and coatings. Ceramic ware, such as mugs and plates, also cannot be recycled due to their different composition. If you have anything that is different from your typical jar or bottle, it cannot be recycled. See below for ways to reuse special glass items like eye glasses.

Do the lids need to be removed?

Yes, please. Usually lids are made of metal or plastic and they can damage the glass crusher if left on.

Do they need to be cleaned out?

It’s always best to recycle clean materials in order to prevent contamination of other materials. They don’t need to be spotless, but a 3 second rinse and shake always helps.

Where can I recycle it? Search

Reduce & Reuse:

Check out the Donation page to see where you can donate vases, drinking glasses, mirrors, etc to give your glass a new life.

Donate your old eyeglasses:
Lions Clubs International Headquarters
ATTN: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA

Trash

If you can’t recycle it, glass can be thrown in the trash.