Put in Garbage Cart

Consider donating whole mirrors to a community thrift shop. See the Donation Locations page for information on local donation and reuse centers.


Do Not Mix With Glass Recycling

Mirrors cannot be recycled with glass bottles; the melting temperature for mirrors is higher than other glass recyclables.


Safely Transport a Whole Mirror

Whole mirrors can be set next to the garbage for pickup but need to be wrapped first. Use strong tape to make an “X” across the mirror, and then wrap in bubble wrap or a blanket. Finally, attach a piece of paper that says “glass” or “mirror.”


Carefully Dispose of Broken Mirror

Wear gloves and goggles when disposing of broken glass. Find out how to dispose of broken glass.

Ways to Reduce

Donate to a Thrift Store

Consider donating any whole mirror to a thrift shop instead of throwing it away. Glass material is long-lasting, so will permanently occupy landfill space if thrown away.



Glass from a broken mirror can be used on your next crafting project. You can create an ornament, mosaic or a backsplash in your bathroom or kitchen. View more craft ideas.