Special Instructions

If your mirror is in good condition, consider donating it. If it is small enough to fit in your garbage cart, you can throw it away. Put large pieces of glass inside two layers of plastic bags, and then label the bags as broken glass. Otherwise, take it to a landfill for disposal.


Do Not Mix With Glass Recycling

Mirrors cannot be recycled with glass bottles. The melting temperature for mirrors is higher than other glass recyclables.


Carefully Dispose of Broken Mirror

Wear gloves and eye protection when disposing of broken glass. Find out how to dispose of broken glass.

Ways to Reduce

Donate to a Thrift Store

Consider donating usable mirrors to a thrift shop instead of throwing them away. Glass will not break down in a landfill.

Ways to Reuse


Upcycle Old Mirrors

Glass from a broken mirror can be used on your next crafting project. You can create an ornament, mosaic or a backsplash in your bathroom or kitchen. View more craft ideas.

Paint or Reframe Your Mirror

If your mirror is still in good condition but you hate the frame, consider painting your old frame a new color or having the glass reframed in a style you like.