Some home furnishings never go out of fashion. Glass table tops have a chic, minimalist allure that only improves with time. But just because your glass-top table is still in style doesn’t mean it’s still your style. Whether you’re looking to mix it up with some new home decor or are downsizing to live a little lighter, the day may come when you’ll need to part with your delicate glass-top table. When that time comes, we’ve got this guide to move you through it.
How To Get Rid of a Glass Table Top
Luckily, you can get rid of your glass table top in various ways. Here are some of the most popular options and why you might choose them.
We all know that recycling glass is an environmentally conscious choice. However, glass is recycled at an alarmingly low rate in the United States – even in California. You can be part of the solution by opting to recycle your glass table top.
But before you carefully haul your table top to the curb and chuck it in the recycling bin, it’s important to do your research. Not all forms of glass are recyclable. For instance, broken glass should never be put in the recycling bin, as it could harm workers or damage equipment. Some glass table tops are not actually 100% glass and may contain materials that are not recyclable. To be on the safe side, check with your local municipality or recycling company to see what types of glass they accept.
Since glass never goes out of style, donating your table top is a great way to minimize waste while giving back to your community.
There are many different ways to donate furniture you no longer need. For instance, you can post on a local Buy Nothing Facebook group to see if a neighbor wants to take it off your hands. You can also reach out to local non-profits or thrift stores. For certain furniture, many organizations even offer pick-up services. Save yourself a trip! Simply make a few calls to coordinate, and the table top will be gone in no time.
If you’ve kept your furniture in good condition, it may be worth trying to sell. While this takes a little more work than opting for donation, selling used furniture is a great possibility. And there are many ways to do it!
You could post on a neighborhood social media page like Nextdoor or use Facebook Marketplace. Additionally, do some research to find pawn shops in your area. While you may not think a pawn shop is a place to buy a glass-top table, many stores welcome high-quality goods of all sorts. Or you can go the old-fashioned way—post flyers around your neighborhood or host a garage sale! The sale of your table top can fund your replacement furniture or whatever dream purchase you save up for. It’s a win-win.
Giving new life to old belongings is a big step towards a sustainable life. Whether you’re getting rid of the whole table or just the glass top, you can repurpose your unwanted furniture in creative ways. Repurposing is also a great option if your table top is cracked or broken, as it may be harder to sell or donate in that condition.
Here, you can get creative and lean into your artistic side. Why not use broken glass to create a mosaic? Or use unbroken glass to make a mini indoor greenhouse or decorative wall art. If you still have the table base, you can always set up the table in the backyard and use it as outdoor furniture. Ask yourself what your home is missing and see if you can creatively fill that hole with a repurposed table top.
Dispose of It
Of course, you can always just throw it away. If the glass is broken, this may be your best bet. However, never put broken glass directly into a trash bag. Put the glass into a paper bag or something that won’t easily rip before putting it into the trash.
But if your table top is intact and you’ve decided to throw it away, consider calling a furniture removal company like Nixxit. By hiring a crew of reputable and skilled professionals, you can trust that your table top is disposed of properly and let other people do the heavy lifting.
Disposing of a Broken Glass Table Top Safely
Working in trash and recycling can be a dangerous gig. If your table top is broken, you must dispose of it with strict safety. This is to protect the workers, but it can also minimize harm to wildlife and your neighbors.
But what if your table top isn’t broken? If you’ve decided to put your table top in the trash, you may actually have to do the breaking yourself. That’s because your local trash collection service may not pick up larger slabs of glass. Here are some top things to consider to ensure your glass table is trash-ready.
Wrap The Glass Top
To start, carefully wrap the glass top in an old blanket or towel that you don’t mind parting with. You can wrap the table the whole way around or cover the top. Just covering the top means you can use fewer towels, but you may have more cleanup to do.
Lay the wrapped table top flat on the ground, ensuring that no children or animals are in the immediate area.
Next, you’ll need to break the glass! Before you begin, suit up for safety. While the blanket on top should prevent the glass from shattering outward, you should still have thick gloves and eyewear in case. Also, ensure you have the proper footwear to clean up any glass afterward.
When you’re ready, use a heavy object, like a hammer or shovel, to firmly strike the glass a few times until you hear cracks. A few sturdy strikes across the table top will create larger, manageable pieces.
Pack It in a Box
Using gloved hands, collect the glass fragments and place them into a sturdy cardboard box. You can simply roll up the blanket and throw it away if you’d like. If not, thoroughly wash the blanket and sweep the area after disposal.
Dispose of It
Close up the box and kick it to the curb for pick-up. It really is that simple.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got more questions? For everything you need to know, we’ve got you covered.
Are Glass Table Tops Recyclable?
The answer is: it depends. Because local municipalities handle recycling services, each municipality has slightly different rules for what they will and won’t accept. Before trying to recycle your glass table top, check with local authorities.
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