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There comes a time in every candle’s life where we are forced to dispose of that last chunk of wax and say goodbye to our favorite scent until we are able to get a brand new jar. Since we’re not exactly sure how to dispose of old candles, that small chunk of wax often sits in our living room or on our bathroom counter for many months after we can no longer light it. Is disposing of old candles actually easier than we thought, or can we simply pop them in the recycling bin after they’ve burned their last burn? We take a look at how to directly dispose of candles, so you can clear some space for some brand new scents.

Is Candle Wax Recyclable?

First thing’s first – is candle wax recyclable? Unfortunately, candle wax in itself is not recyclable, and must usually be thrown in the garbage bin instead of the recycling or compost bin. Candle wax can, however, be reused in a variety of ways, including melting all your remaining chunks of wax together to create a new candle. 

Conserve Energy Future tells us more on why candle wax is not recyclable:

“Candles are still relatively in great use today, so it is only fair that we consider whether you can recycle them or not. This would inform how we use the candles and whether we need to toss the candles in the recycling bin. Unfortunately, candles are not recyclable in the various recycling stations around you. The reason is often that they don’t come in large quantities for the recycling station to spend considerable resources or time recycling them.”

Are Candle Jars Recyclable?


Due to the fact that candle jars are usually made of glass, you may think that you can recycle your candle jars after you have disposed of the leftover wax inside of them. However, this is usually not the case. While some types of glass can be recycled, there is no way of knowing what type of glass has been used in your candle jar unless you reach out to the company themselves.

Recyclebank explains why candle jars are usually not recyclable:

“Your main concern when recycling glass candle jars is the type of glass used. Candle jars are safe for curbside recycling if they’re made from standard container (soda-lime) glass. However, other types of glass, such as borosilicate, may be used for these jars to help withstand the heat of the burning candle, in which case there could be a problem. This is because mixing different kinds of glass in a recycling batch is a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, the different melting points of the different glass types can lead to low-quality recycled glass and even broken machinery.” 

How to Reuse or Recycle Glass Candle Jars

So, what options do you have left for reusing your glass candle jars? There are a ton of different and useful ways you can recycle your candle jars, so you don’t end up wastefully throwing them in the garbage bin.

Recycle Nation gives some ideas on how you can reuse your glass candle jars:

“A quick look on Pinterest yields a host of ideas for reusing candle jars, including turning them into planters, vases and decorative containers for holding makeup brushes or office supplies. You can also use them as candle holders again by placing small votive, pillar, or even floating candles in them. To remove any remaining wax, put the jar in the freezer. Once the wax freezes it is easy to pry out. Not the crafty type? Most candle jars are made of glass and can be recycled curbside. Be sure and remove any residual wax first.”

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