Dishes and Ceramics

Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

Put a small amount (less than 60 pounds) in the garbage. For amounts larger than 60 pounds, schedule a free Junk Pickup Appointment.

If your items are in good condition, consider donating them.

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 China Next To a Hammer

Break Down Broken Dishes

Be careful when you dispose of broken dishes, since jagged or sharp edges could injure a sanitation worker. If you can, wrap up the pieces in a cloth and break them down further with a hammer so they won’t hurt anyone. Then, dispose of them as 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.