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Glass: What can and can't be recycled?

16 October 2018

Glass is commonly thought of as a product that can always be recycled. But did you know that there are some types of glass which shouldn’t be put in the recycling bin?

Our recycling and waste disposal experts at W&S Recycling have put together a guide on the types of glass that can and can't be recycled. To find out more, contact us on 01202 675564.

What glass can be recycled?

Only bottles and jars can be recycled at home. This includes bottles of any colour, e.g. wine, beer and spirits and food jars such as sauces, jam and baby food. Dirty jars can be hard to recycle, so to help make the recycling process easier, jars that have contained food should be emptied and rinsed. Lids and caps should then be put back on the jars as this reduces the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process.

Household product glass such as mirrors and light bulbs cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in general waste. For safety purposes, any broken glass should be placed in a cardboard box and taped closed with “broken glass” written on the box.

Why can’t some glass be recycled?

Some glass contains products that can't be reused and therefore recycled. Different types of glass have different melting points and if mixed glass is recycled, our sorting system can’t distinguish between the different glass types. If you are unsure what glass should be recycled separately, check with your local recycling experts.

Why use a glass recycling service?

Hiring a company, such as ourselves, to collect your glass is a quick and efficient way to dispose of your waste. We work hard to ensure that landfill waste is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing you to reassure your clients that you are working with a business dedicated to operating in an environmentally friendly manner.

We provide a specialist glass recycling service in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Dorchester and Yeovil for commercial establishments working in a number of sectors.

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