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Oregon State University

Waste: Glass Recycling

Safety Instruction Number: 
26
Last Update: 
Tue, 09/04/2007

General

  • Waste glass at OSU is recycled through Corvallis Disposal, and managed by OSU Recycling (7-2925)
  • The glass recycling program is not an avenue to dispose of chemical wastes

Guidelines

  • Clean glass of all chemical residues
  • Proper disposal policies should be followed for chemical disposal (safety instruction 8)
  • Employees who recycle glass should not be exposed to hazardous or unknown materials
  • Separate glass by color when possible
  • Remove lids from containers
  • Place in covered recycling bins
  • No broken glass in the recycling program.
  • Place broken glass in puncture-resistant packaging and put in building dumpsters.
  • Protect containers left out of doors to prevent rain accumulation inside them; they may be stored upside down
  • Pay careful attention to types of glass; don't mix in non-recylalble glass

NON-Recyclable Glass

  • Heat resistant glass
    • borosilicate glass, also called hard glass or lab glass (trade names: corning, pyrex, kimax, kimble)
    • pasteur or volumetric pipets
    • glass tubing & rods
    • microscope slides and cover glasses
  • Plate Glass (window glass)
  • Automotive Glass