What do I do with…?

Pile of Empty Brown Glass Bottles


What is Glass? Glass is made of three abundant naturally occurring raw materials: sand, soda ash, and limestone. Glass is inert, impermeable, chemically stable, and does not leach toxic chemicals. It is harmless to the environment and to human health.

Why is glass waste a problem? So much glass is ending up in the landfill when it could be reused or recycled. This results in the need to constantly replace or create new glass products that are resource intensive, as well as increased landfill volume.

Examples: bottles (soda, juice, beer, wine, liquor), jars, containers, windows, doors, tables, electronic screens, vials, vases, lightbulbs, light fixtures and chandeliers, cookware and dishes


  • Buy a refillable growler for your beer

  • Buy in bulk or find places that allow you to refill your glass jars and containers

  • Aluminum and tin is more easily recycled in our area, consider buying beverages and other food items that come packaged in those materials when reuse is not an option.


  • DIY projects: wind chime, mosaics, candle holders, plant holders

    • Get a personal glass cutter and make cups from bottles

  • Bayern Brewing accepts 12 oz brown glass bottles.

    • Criteria: No twist off lids, no embossing, no sticker labels

    • Back to the Mother also gets their bottles through bayerns bottle reuse program.

  • Glass containers with two inch lid are accepted for reuse at Good Food Store

  • Nourishing Cultures bottles their kombucha in reusable mason jars.


  • Recycling Works provides glass recycling residential pick up service

    • They accept all clear and colored jars and bottles that have been rinsed with no food or other residue left behind.  No lids or caps.


Bayern Brewing
1507 Montana Street
(406) 721-1482

Back to the Mother
(937) 623-9696

Good Food Store
1600 S. 3rd Street W.
(406) 541-3663

Recycling Works
202 Brooks St Unit 3
(406) 215-4650

More information

Glass recycling, or the lack of it, has historically been the hottest waste topic on the tongues and minds of Missoulians. However, glass is relatively trivial in the big picture of ZERO by FIFTY. Here are some stats to give some perspective:

  1. You would have to recycle 76 tons of glass to save the same amount of energy as recycling one ton of aluminum cans (EPA).

  2. Glass makes up less than 5% of total municipal solid waste nationwide (EPA).

  3. Glass is inert and completely harmless in the landfill, to humans, environment, and climate.