Glass Bottles Put in Recycling Cart/Bin Empty glass bottles of any liquid or residue and remove any plastic or metal caps before recycling. Most Glass Bottles Are Eligible for CRV Most glass bottles are eligible for the California Redemption Value (CRV) refund, except distilled spirits and wine bottles. Find out how to redeem beverage containers for CRV. Wrap Up Broken Glass Broken glass can physically injure sanitation workers and trash haulers. Wrap up the broken glass before disposing of it. Learn how to properly dispose of broken glass. Don't Recycle Blue Glass Blue glass cannot go in your curbside recycling, but clear, brown and green glass are all recyclable. Recycle Only Your Empties Dump or rinse out any leftover food or drink before recycling empty glass containers. Sticky food or liquid residue can contaminate other recyclables. Ways to Reuse Repurpose Empty Bottles as Vases Empty glass bottles can make attractive vases for fresh or dried flowers. Did You Know? Glass Is Infinitely Recyclable Glass is one of the most recyclable items on the planet. It can be broken down and upcycled infinitely without losing strength, purity or quality. The glass containers used to hold food and beverages in particular are usually 100% recyclable. Recovered glass is recycled into other glass containers, fiberglass insulation, and decorative glass such as terrazzo tiles and landscaping (xeriscaping).