Recycle at home = Yes
Glass jars and bottles can be recycled by putting them in your ‘container mix’ (plastics, glass, cans and cartons) recycling bin. This includes:
- Food and drink bottles of any colour – e.g. wine, beer and spirits, sauces
- Jars – sauces, jams, baby food
- Non-food and drink bottles, e.g. perfume, aftershave and face creams
Recycle out of home = Yes
Glass jars and bottles can be recycled at local collection points and at your council-run Household Reuse and Recycling Centre
Be a great recycler…
- Empty and rinse glass jars and bottles (left over foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables)
- Leave labels on – these will be removed in the recycling process
- Put lids and caps back on – these will also be recycled
- The following types of glass cannot be recycled: Drinking glasses, glass cookware (e.g. pyrex, microwave plates), light bulbs/tubes (you may be able to take take these to your local council-run Household Reuse and Recycling Centre) and vases. These should be wrapped carefully and placed in your rubbish bin
- If in doubt, leave it out. Don’t let your enthusiasm to recycle contaminate a whole truck load of recycling – see What is ‘contamination’ and why is it important?
- Try to reduce your reliance on single-use glass packaging. Find and support you nearest refill shop – check the South London Partnership Zero Waste Map.