Glass - what, where and how to recycle?
In Leeds last year we recycled 37% more glass than the year before. Nice one Leeds! Let's keep on recycling.
Types of glass I can recycle
Bottles of any colour - wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks
Jars of any colour - jam/marmalade, sauces, spreads (eg Nutella, Marmite, sandwich spread), baby food
Other glass - Perfume/aftershave, beauty product glass containers (eg face creams) of any colour
Glass that can't be recycled
Glass cookware - pyrex, microwave dishes
Vases and decorative glass ornaments
Nail varnish bottles
Candle jars/reed diffuser bottles
Light bulbs and tubes
Medicine bottles (eg Calpol/Nurofen)
Ceramics - crockery/earthenware
How to recycle
- Give your bottles and jars a quick rinse. Empty out all the liquid.
- Put metal lids and bottle tops back on. They will be taken out in the sorting process and recycled separately.
- Put your bottles and jars in a reusable bag or box, ready to take to one of the 377 glass bank sites across the city.
- Find your closest glass recycling site on our glass bank map. Many of us are within 500 metres of one - just a third of a mile.
- Put your glass in any of the glass banks. There is no need to colour sort it - that will be done by a clever machine at the recycling plant in Knottingley.
- Take your boxes/bags back home with you to reuse next time.
Thank you for recycling your glass!
You're helping to save energy, reduce waste and support jobs in the local glass industry.
To find out more about glass recycling in Leeds visit our Zero Waste Leeds glass recycling page.