Glass Recycling

Glass Recycling - Pink Week

Glass - use it! rinse it! box it!

Simply rinse your empty glass bottles or jars put in yellow recycling box. Position your box at the edge of your property, separate from your rubbish, by 7am on your collection day

Glass you can recycle

Glass you can recycle in your box:

Please rinse these items before recycling - but why?

  • All colour glass bottles (e.g. beer, wine, spirit)
  • All colour glass jars (e.g. jam, cook-in sauce, baby food)
  • Broken glass bottles and jars

Glass you cannot recycle

  • Flat sheet glass & mirrors
  • Windows (any size) and window frames
  • Windscreens
  • Drinking glasses Alternative: donate for reuse
  • Pyrex

It's all just glass isn't it?

Your common glass jar or wine bottle is what’s known as container glass or soda-lime glass. Other glass items, like drinking glass or windows have additional additives such as borosilicate to make them more temperature-resistant or easier to see through.  The additives mean that different types of glass have different melting points, the recycling facility operates to the melting temperature of container glass and so other glass will not melt.  This can therefore cause flaws in new glass bottles and jars meaning they cannot be used.  Learn more...


Lost your recycling box?

yellow boxCollect a new one from Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet or contact 01268 882200 or




Download a guide on glass recycling:

Glass - how to...[pdf] 415KB


What happens to your glass?