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Cleaning Glass Cullet: getting the labels off already smashed bottles Answered

Short Ver:  I'm looking for a way to get the paper, foil, glue, and plastic labels off the bits of glass that have been smashed at the recycling center.

Long Story:  There are several good uses for recycling glass cullet, the glass is plentiful at the local recycling center, they get very little for it because there isn't a re-user within efficient shipping range.  I was looking into buying recycled glass to use in a project, but shipping to get it delivered is outrageous $. 
I want to start off with glass as the aggregate in concrete countertops.  That's a lot of glass - a couple hundred pounds per countertop.  Yes, they're very heavy.  I've internet searched to my bandwidth limit.  No-one nearby does the glass cullett thing.
So, I went to the local recycling center and picked up a couple of 5 gallon buckets of smashed glass.  Really great.  Now, how do I get all the labels off? 



8 years ago

Use the viniger and the bucket. Agitate, stir, spin, or other form of mixing and the glass rubbing on each other plus the viniger should get it off. Just a thought.


8 years ago

Hot water and vinegar soak usually takes labels off for me without any scrubbing. Vinegar is an organic acid and it may do a good job of dissolving the sticky goo. Hope that helps! :)