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Glass bottles and jars

We can only recycle...

Glass packaging, including

  • bottles of any colour (e.g. wine, beer, spirits)
  • jars (e.g. sauces, jam, baby food)
  • non food bottles (e.g. perfume, aftershave, face creams)

Please remember

  • Empty and rinse - it doesn't need to be spotlessly clean, a quick rinse will do. Left over liquid and residue can contaminate other materials which may mean they are not recycled.
  • Metal lids and caps can be put back on - this helps stop any liquid residue soaking into other materials. The lids will be removed and recycled. They are different metals to cans, tins and aerosols so are recycled in a different way and by putting the lids or tops back on it reduces the chance of them getting lost through the sorting process.

We can't recycle - put these in your general rubbish

  • glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex)
  • drinking glasses
  • vases
  • ceramics (e.g. crockery or earthenware)
  • nail varnish bottles
    - it is difficult to remove the varnish and the bottles are so small they are filtered out during the recycling process
  • microwave plates
  • mirrors

Why's that?

These types of glass do not melt at the same temperatures as bottles and jars. If they enter the glass recycling process it can cause lumps and mean the new containers are rejected.

We can't collect but you can check for recycling these at your local recycling centre

  • light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
  • window glass (check with your local centre first)