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Old 07-03-2017, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Over the years I've received a lot of jarred candles, and when they're done burning, there's a glass container with a bit of wax left over that I feel bad about just pitching in the trash. Can these glass containers be recycled, and is there an easy way to get the wax residue out?

I've tried googling this, but the majority of the results are Pinterest-y things about making candles in recycled jars, not disposing of the jars.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Fill it with hot water, then use a table knife or something to scrape it. You can always buy other candles to set down in the jar. The jars could also be used to hold artificial flowers, potpourri, or any other uses.
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Put it in a pan on the stove with a couple inches of water. Turn on until it softens sufficiently, scrape out the wax. Wash out the glass jar then put it in the dishwasher. Comes out clean, I use mine for Werther's candies.
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:33 PM
 
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I've always heard to put the left overs in the freezer. It will harden and make it easier to pry/pop out.

I t works.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Put them in the oven on a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan lined with Aluminum foil - double up on paper towels - set jars upside down and turn oven on at lowest it will go. Ours is 170 degrees which is fine. Don't want it super hot or will crack.

If they have a lot of wax keep them in an upright positions and let the wax melt- get an old margarine/plastic container and put the wax into that. Let it cool and pop it out into trash.

I make candles as a hobby.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:15 PM
 
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My understanding is that if you clean out the wax from the jar, you can just recycle the glass container - if your recycling center takes glass, that is. That's what I usually do, since I have no use for the container after the candle burns down to the end.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:58 AM
 
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If you are going to re-purpose the jars it may be worth while, using up whole lot of energy just to recycle them is quite frankly a dumb idea. Glass is made from very abundant products. The energy used to collect, sort and recycle them is even questionable before adding in cleaning wax out of them.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Put them in the oven on a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan lined with Aluminum foil - double up on paper towels - set jars upside down and turn oven on at lowest it will go. Ours is 170 degrees which is fine. Don't want it super hot or will crack.

If they have a lot of wax keep them in an upright positions and let the wax melt- get an old margarine/plastic container and put the wax into that. Let it cool and pop it out into trash.

I make candles as a hobby.
In California, It's been so hot....all we'd have to do is put the jars upside down outside
and watch it melt!! Forget the oven...lol
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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Fill it with hot water, it gets melted then you can easily pull out the wax from it.
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