Glue & Glue Bottles Hazardous Waste Any glues or adhesives that are flammable, corrosive or toxic, or act as oxidizers, should be taken to a household hazardous waste collection location. Safe household glues and adhesives (e.g., rubber cement) can go in the garbage cart. dcwcreations / Shutterstock.com Water-Based? Dry It Out If your water-based glue bottle is full, dry out the glue and throw it in the trash. If it’s empty, rinse it out and recycle it. Glue can contaminate an entire batch of recycling, so make sure glue bottles are truly empty before recycling.