Can I throw away a candle? Unfortunately, candle wax in itself is not recyclable, and must usually be thrown in the garbage bin instead of the recycling or compost bin. Candle wax can, however, be reused in a variety of ways, including melting all your remaining chunks of wax together to create a new candle.
What to do with unwanted candles?
- Stop a Door from Squeaking. Candle wax can actually work better than WD-40 at silencing a squeaky door once and for all, because you don’t have to reapply it every couple of weeks.
- Make DIY Wine Corks.
- Old-Candle Pin Cushion.
- Use a Candle as Household Wax.
When should you throw away candles? As with most things, knowing when to stop burning your candle is important. This keeps you, and your furniture, safe. When there is approximately 1/2” of wax left in the bottom of your candle it’s time to stop burning. It’s okay for there to be some wax left over, candles are created with this little buffer of wax.
Can I throw away candle jars? If you neither have the energy nor the time to recycle old candles at home, the best thing you can do is sell, donate, gift, or upcycle them. This way they can serve another purpose. Otherwise, your only option is to throw the wax in the trash and throw any leftover jars in the recycle bin.