Three steps to perfect glass recycling this Christmas


With household consumption levels reaching their annual highpoint over this next festive fortnight, we would like to encourage you to recycle all of those finished bottles of mulled wine and empty jars of cranberry sauce this Christmas.


With the UK expected to use over 500m bottles and jars this December, just think how much energy we can save if everyone recycled their glass! Not only that; we’d reduce landfill costs, help protect the environment, and be providing employment by doing so too. The jar or bottle you put in the bottle bank might be back on the shelf within 70 days.  And every bottle counts, as recycling a single bottle could power a computer for 25 minutes or power your washing machine for 10 minutes*


Just follow these simple steps:


Step 1: Find your nearest Glass Bank


Check if your local council sorts your glass into separate compartments on the recycling truck next time it collects from your doorstep. If it doesn’t, do take your empty bottles and jars to the nearest bottle bank as this helps ensure the highest quality recycled glass is obtained You can find your nearest glass bank at and just type in your postcode (UK only). Why not plan a visit to your local recycling point in to your family’s post-Christmas meal walk? You can burn off those festive treats whilst doing some good for the environment!




Step 2: Keep out the junk


Unwanted materials decrease the value of recovered glass and increase cycling costs. Never put non-container glass, metals or other contaminants in a glass bank.


Items not for recycling at glass banks:




Step 3: Sort by colour


It is very important that you put each bottle or jar in the correct bottle bank to ensure high-quality glass. A small effort which in the end reduces CO2 emissions and ensures the maximum amount of glass gets recycled.


* Given an average weight of 263g, the energy saving per bottle is 85kWh. (Source: British Glass)

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