Glass bottles and jars

Recycling locator

How to recycle

Glass items like bottles and jars are widely recycled. Enter your postcode into our recycling locator tool to find out if you can recycle them at home or if you need to go to a bottle bank.

  • Rinse bottles/jars. They don’t need to be spotlessly clean; a quick rinse is fine. This is because liquids and bits of food ruin your recycling.
  • Put lids back on (these are removed and recycled during the sorting process)
  • Remove corks- natural ones can be home composted if you do this
  • At the bottle bank, put blue glass into the green bin

The different types of glass

What types of glass can be recycled?

  • Bottles of any colour
  • Jars of any colour
  • Non-food bottles (e.g. aftershave, perfume and face creams)

What types of glass can’t be recycled?

  • Glass cookware (e.g. pyrex) and microwave plates
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vases
Person dropping glass bottle into bottle bank

Why can some types of glass not be recycled from home?

Not all types of glass melt at the same temperature. Pyrex and drinking glasses for example, melt at a higher temperature than bottles and jars, so if they enter the glass recycling process, they cause problems with the recycling

Light bulbs and window glass also need to be recycled separately from glass bottles and jars. Check our recycling locator to see if you can take them to your local recycling centre.

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