Dishes and Ceramics

NO-glassware

Glassware Goes in the Trash

Your unwanted glass dishes cannot go in the recycling because they melt at a different temperature than other types of glass. Learn what to do with glassware.

Ceramic Mug

Ceramic Isn't Recyclable

Ceramic can’t be melted down at most waste facilities. Recycling facilities that accept brick and concrete will sometimes accept ceramics.

Broken Glass

Never Recycle Broken Glass

Never recycle any broken glass item, even glass bottles or jars. Broken glass can injure trash haulers and sanitation workers. Learn what to do with broken glass.

Ways to Reuse

Antique Dishes and Cups

Sell Your Vintage China

If you have a vintage china set, you can try selling to an organization like the International Association of Dinnerware Matchers or to Replacements, Ltd.

Did You Know?

Some Dishes Can Kill

The FDA only recently (close to 40 years ago) created regulations for leachable lead in dinnerware. Consequently, some vintage dishes contain dangerous levels of lead, and sometimes even more harmful substances, such as uranium. Experts recommend doing an at-home lead test for your vintage dishes, as well as avoiding heating your dishes, and remaining wary of cracks and fades in ceramic glaze.