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Recycle at home

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at home but check our list below for other glass items that can’t be recycled.

Recycle out of home

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

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Which glass items can be recycled?

  • Bottles of any colour - wine, beer, spirits;

  • Jars - sauces, jam, baby food;

  • Non-food bottles - perfume, aftershave, face creams.

Which glass items can’t be recycled?

  • Ceramics - crockery, earthenware;

  • Drinking glasses;

  • Glass cookware - Pyrex, microwave plates;

  • Light bulbs and tubes;

  • Vases;

  • Broken glass;

  • China;

  • Glass candle jars;

  • Glass dessert pots;

  • Mirrors;

  • Sheet glass such as windowpanes.

Visit our Contamination Explained page to learn how to dispose of glass bottles and jars correctly

How to recycle glass

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

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

  • Corks should be removed from bottles before they are recycled and can be home composted or placed in your bag or bin for non-recyclable waste;

  • At bottle banks, blue glass goes in with green glass;

  • 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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