Glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers, it becomes difficult to properly sort, and therefore recycle, these materials.

Separating glass at curbside or delivering glass to depots helps ensure that more of it—and more of the other material—is recycled.

That’s why Recycle BC asks that residents sort glass into its own container, separate from other recyclables at curbside (if curbside collection of glass is available) or deliver it to drop-off depots. Check with your recycling collector for specific instructions.


What glass is accepted in Recycle BC’s program?

  • Non-deposit clear and coloured glass bottles and jars

What glass is not accepted in Recycle BC’s program?

  • Glass containers with a deposit: Deliver to Return-It depots to receive the deposit refund, or give to individuals or community groups conducting bottle drive fundraisers.
  • Glassware, window glass, or mirrors, whether broken or whole: Check with your waste collection provider for disposal options.
  • Ceramic mugs or other ceramic products, whether broken or whole: Check with your waste collection provider for disposal options.