Glass is a beautiful and fragile material. When it breaks, it can be challenging to know how to dispose of it properly. If you have broken glass on your property, don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this blog post, we will discuss each step of how to dispose of broken glass safely and efficiently.
Steps to Dispose of Broken Glass
1. Protect yourself
How do you dispose of broken glass safely? Put on a pair of thick rubber gloves and make sure you’re wearing decent shoes. You’ll also want to keep children and pets out of the room until you clean up the shards.
2. Pick up the glass
To keep the glass from breaking, wrap it in a newspaper or a cardboard box. Take the shards of glass with your gloved hands, and lay them on top of the newspaper or in the box. Examine the floor throughout the facility and beyond for any glass that may have been broken near a doorway.
3. Vacuum the area
Next, vacuum the entire space (mop up any spilled liquid with paper towels first). Use caution when cleaning with a broom or brush attachment since tiny shards might get caught in the bristles and return to the floor after you’re done.
4. Wipe the area
Even a powerful vacuum may generate tiny shards and dust. So, cover the whole area with a fresh slice of bread or a damp paper towel. The glass will adhere to it. Then place the bread or paper towel on top of the rest of the glass you’ve cleaned up.
5. Dispose of the glass
Wrap the glass (and bread) in the newspaper pages or close the lid of the cardboard box. Tape it shut. Place all of it, including the rubber gloves, into a plastic bag and tie it closed. Make sure you use a bin bag because carrier bags have tiny holes. The item should now be safe to put in your regular garbage can.
6. Clean up spills
Even after you’ve mopped up any spills, some liquids, such as orange juice, milk, and others, must be cleaned properly to avoid leaving a sticky residue. If the floor is made of hard material, spray it with a multi-purpose cleaner and clean it with a wet cloth.
Do Not Recycle Broken Drink Glasses & Pyrex
You may be tempted to recycle your broken glass, but it’s not that simple. While most bottles and jars can be recycled, breaking down glass is different for each class. So, unless you’re sure your municipality will accept broken drink glasses and Pyrex dishes, it’s best to put them in the garbage.
We hope this blog post has helped you understand how to dispose of broken glass safely. Remember to take precautions to protect yourself, and if in doubt, always contact your local waste management company for assistance. Thanks for reading!
How do you clean up tiny shards of glass?
Use a wet paper towel or slice of bread to pick up tiny shards.
Can I recycle broken glass?
It depends on your municipality’s recycling regulations. Check with your local waste management authority.
What should I do if I cut myself on broken glass?
Wash the wound with warm water and soap. Apply pressure if bleeding is constant. Seek medical attention if necessary.