Dishes and Ceramics

glass dish

Glass is Recyclable

Your unwanted glass dishes can go in the recycling. As long as they are not Pyrex dishes (learn more), they will be melted down to be used again.

Ceramic Mug

Ceramic Isn't Recyclable

Ceramic can’t be melted down at most waste facilities. Some recycling facilities that accept brick and concrete sometimes accept ceramics.

Broken China Next To a Hammer

Break Down Broken Dishes

Be careful when you dispose of broken dishes, since broken the jagged or sharp edges could wind up injuring a sanitation worker. It’s ideal if you wrap up the pieces in a cloth and break them down further with a hammer so they won’t hurt anybody.

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.