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How to Recycle Your Glass

Glass recycling is easy, fun and good for the environment. When recycling glass follow these simple steps:

- empty any remaining liquid from your bottles and jars

- remove any lids and caps. Labels do not need to be removed as they will be taken off in the recycling process

- food jars should be rinsed to remove any residues from the container but they don't need to be completely spotless - remember water is precious too so a good rinse will do!



- please do not leave bags, boxes or rubbish at your local bring site as this will attract vermin and cause a health risk to other users of the facility

- take your bottles and jars to your local bottle bank or bring centre and deposit your bottles and jars into the colour coded bins i.e. clear, green and brown. If you have blue bottles put them in with the green glass. Sorting your bottles by colour is important as mixed glass has to be sorted afterwards which costs money and uses a lot of energy.

- keep cans and plastic bottles separate and put these into the appropriate bins. If your local bring site doesn't have facilities for cans and plastic bottles please contact your local council who can advise where to recycle these materials.

- DO NOT put any plates, cups, saucers, pyrex or drinking containers into the bottle banks. As little as 1 cup in a skip load of bottles renders the whole load un-usable and destined for landfill or other markets that don't offer any of the environmental benefits of recycling. Pyrex is heat treated and so does not melt in the furnace. Drinking containers and glasses are made from different materials and again should not be deposited into the bottle banks.

That's it! If you follow these steps you will be doing a good bit for the environment so thank you and happy recycling!

REMEMBER GLASS CAN BE DANGEROUS. BROKEN OR SHARP GLASS SHOULD ONLY BE HANDLED WITH GLOVES AND SPILLAGES OR BREAKAGES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE COUNCIL OR OPERATOR OF THE BRING SITE.