How to Recycle Residential Glass
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Scott_Lariviere/999953]Scott Lariviere
As you remodel or upgrade your home, chances are you'll have some glass left over. Instead of simply sending your unwanted residential glass to the landfill, consider recycling, repairing, or reusing it, instead. By using a little creativity, you can keep residential glass in use and out of the landfill.
This may be the simplest way to keep glass out of the landfill. Most towns and municipalities have glass recycling programs. Check with the organizer of your local program to see if the glass from your home remodeling project qualifies for this type of recycling. Old "bubble" glass found in windows from the turn of the century is a sought after glass. Many people will pay top dollar for this type of original glass.
Some glass work in your home may just need to be refitted or reglazed. If this is the case, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Instead, take appropriate steps to repair your existing glass before replacing it with new. Scratches can be removed from glass tabletops, old mirrors can be resilvered at a fraction of the cost of replacing it. Stained glass in your shower sometimes can be cleaned up using 0000 steel wool (the softest of steel wool) and some type of cleaner like CLR. If you have "black edge" around the edge of mirrors you can cover these up with a beveled strip or wood moulding, this is much cheaper and easier than replacing a mirror.
If the residential glass in your home can't be recycled or repaired, consider reusing it for another purpose. Older style framed windows can make nice shabby chic picture frames, while larger pieces of glass can be used to make hot houses, green houses, or grow boxes for plants. Mirrors or colored glass can be broken artfully and used for mosaic work. With a little creativity, most glass can be reused in some manner.
Tempered glass, glass from an old shower door can be broken and used in a gas firepit or fireplace. The fire will make the glass sparkle. To break the glass lay the glass flat on a heavy blanket or tarp and cover it with another blanket or tarp. Next, hit the edge of the glass with a hammer, it may take a few strikes. Once it breaks, which it will break into thousands of little pieces, put it in your gas pit or fireplace. I suggest wearing gloves because the glass may still have sharp edges. You can also buy already tumbled glass for this purpose.
Don't make the landfill the first stop for unwanted residential glass. Instead, consider recycling, repairing, or reusing the glass instead. This will save space in the landfill and reduce the amount of money you pay each year in trash disposal fees. [http://www.newrecycledglass.com]
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