The good news: Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable, can be recycled endlessly and recovered glass is used as the majority ingredient in new glass containers. An estimated 80 percent of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles. So you can and should recycle all your glass containers!
The bad news: Many local curbside recycling programs in Texas don’t accept glass. If you’re in such a situation, you’ll need to find a nearby drop-off location to take your glass recycling.
In some states, glass bottle recycling rate exceed 75 percent. We’re far behind that curve. By no coincidence, states with bottle deposit systems have beverage container recycling rates that dwarf ours — and there are efforts to bring such a system to Texas. Learn more about improving bottle recycling here.