Glass Bottles Recycling Cart Some glass bottles are eligible for the California Redemption Value (CRV) refund, except wine bottles. Find out how to redeem beverage containers for CRV. Recycle Only Your Empties Dump or rinse out any leftover food or drink before recycling empty glass containers. Sticky food or liquid residue can contaminate other recyclables. Ways to Reuse Repurpose Empty Bottles as Vases Empty glass bottles can make attractive vases for fresh or dried flowers. Did You Know? Glass Is Infinitely Recyclable Glass is one of the most recyclable items on the planet. It can be broken down and upcycled infinitely without losing strength, purity or quality. The glass containers used to hold food and beverages in particular are usually 100% recyclable. Recovered glass is recycled into other glass containers, fiberglass insulation, and decorative glass such as terrazzo tiles and landscaping (xeriscaping).