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Glass bottles and jars

Recycle at home

Recycle out of home

Yes, Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at some out of home recycling points.

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Which glass items can be recycled?

  • 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

Which glass items can't be recycled?

  • Ceramics, e.g. crockery, earthenware

  • Drinking glasses

  • Glass cookware, e.g. Pyrex, microwave plates

  • Light bulbs and tubes

  • Vases

How to recycle glass

  1. 1

    Empty and give a quick rinse - leftover liquid can contaminate other recyclables which may mean they aren't recycled.

  2. 2

    Put lids and caps back on - this reduces the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process as they can be recycled separately.

  3. 3

    Corks should be removed from bottles before they are recycled but can be home composted.

  4. 4

    At bottle banks, blue glass goes in with green glass.

  5. 5

    Don't put glass milk bottles into a bottle bank or in your glass recycling. If your milk is delivered in glass bottles you should always return them to your milkman.

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