Glow Sticks Put in Garbage Do Not Puncture If punctured, glow sticks can release chemicals that are dangerous for humans and other animals. Never empty glow sticks into drains. Dispose of glow sticks in the garbage. Poisonous Never touch or ingest the contents of a glow stick. If contents are swallowed by accident, call poison control immediately. Ways to Reduce Use Alternative Lights For yard parties and other nighttime get-togethers, a strand of colorful lights can add the same pretty iridescent glow as glow sticks while also being reusable. Ways to Reuse Upcycle Into A Bracelet Glow sticks can be wrapped in colorful yarn and turned into a great looking bangle bracelet. Try it yourself with this simple tutorial.