Can Broken Window Glass be Recycled in the UK?

As recycling efforts continue to grow in the United Kingdom, more and more people are wondering whether broken window glass can be recycled. The answer is yes! Recycling broken window glass is a great way to reduce waste and environmental impact.

That being said, some broken windows are more difficult to recycle than others.

If you do want to recycle the broken glass yourself and follow this article, please be careful of the sharp edges. Broken window panes are dangerous and can cause serious injury.

If in doubt contact our glazing professionals at Britannia Glass, we can board up or fix your broken window in no time at all.

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How to dispose of broken glass

There are a few different ways to dispose of broken window glass. Recycling your broken window is by far the best option. Luckily, glass on one of the only fully recyclable materials, so you should make every effort to recycle.

One option is to take it to a local recycling centre. Many recycling centres have special programs for glass recycling. For example, the recycling centre in Croydon accepts broken glass, just be sure that you take proof of address with you, if in doubt give them a call. Also, before you take your glass, try to remove anything that is not glass from the pane. It may be rejected if there is anything but glass attached.

Read our other guides: How to Close a Broken Window

Another option is to contact a local glass company and see if they are interested in taking your broken window glass for recycling. At Britannia Glass and Glazing once we have completed your window repair we will remove the broken glass so the window will look as good as new!

However, there are a few different types of glass, can you recycle them all?

Single-pane or double-pane glass

The two most common types of window glass are single pane and double pane. Both can be recycled, however, recycling companies may have different policies on which type of glass they accept.

Some companies only accept single-pane glass because it is easier to recycle. Double-pane glass is more difficult to recycle because it is made with two layers of glass.

If you have double-pane glass, you can check with your local recycling company to see if they accept it. You may also be able to find a company that specialises in recycling double-pane glass.

Toughened glass

Toughened glass is a type of safety glass that is often used in car windows and shower doors. Toughened glass is made by heating regular glass and then cooling it quickly. This makes the glass stronger and less likely to break.

Toughened glass can be recycled, but it must be taken to a specialised recycling facility.

Laminate glass

Laminate glass is made by bonding two pieces of glass together with a plastic film. Laminate glass is often used in car windshields, glass doors and bulletproof windows. The plastic film needs to be removed before recycling is attempted.

Laminate glass can be recycled, but it must be taken to a specialised recycling facility.

Coloured glass

Coloured glass, like that found in front door windows, can be recycled, but it may be difficult to find a recycling company that accepts it. This is because coloured glass must be sorted by colour before it can be recycled.

If you have coloured glass, you can check with your local recycling centre to see if they accept it. You may also be able to find a company that specialises in recycling coloured glass.

Alternative ways to recycle your broken glass windows

Broken window glass can also be used in a number of different ways around the home.

One popular way is to use it as mulch in the garden. You can make your own sea glass using a rock tumbler to remove the sharp edges.

Broken window glass can also be used to make art projects or even jewellery. You can use it to make a garden ornament or a glass mosaic.

If you do want to be more crafty with your recycling be careful of sharp edges and tiny shards.

So, don’t throw away your broken window glass – recycle it!


Broken windows are not only unsightly but can cause serious injury to residents. So, fixing broken windows should be done as a priority and using expert emergency glaziers. If you are in London then call Britannia Glass on 0203 305 7161, we cover all of London including Croydon, Earl’s Court, and Battersea.