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Glass recycling


Glass is 100% and endlessly recyclable and can be back on the shelf as a new bottle or jar in around 30 days.

Glass in your black and green household bins cannot be recycled.

Waste from black bins goes to our recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) where it is incinerated to create energy and the resulting ash used to make building aggregates. This means that any glass processed at the RERF isn’t recycled into a new bottle or jar. Additionally, more raw materials and non-renewable fossil fuels have to be used to create new glass products.

Glass in green bins is problematic because when it is mixed in with the other recyclables, the glass becomes broken and the fragments mix with the other materials. This means that the purity/quality of the metal, plastic and, particularly paper, become quite poor and difficult to sell on to material re-processors to make new products. Quality is an important factor in turning recyclable materials in to new strong and reliable products.

Kerbside glass collection

We would love to be able to introduce a kerbside glass collection in Leeds. Unfortunately, the amount of money needed to change collection vehicles and routes, provide bins or boxes, and other associated costs is not available. In the meantime, all your glass – from wine and beer bottles to baby food and sauce jars – can still be recycled at one of over 700 glass recycling banks across the city. Just give your jars a quick rinse first, and you can even leave the caps or lids on, as these will get recycled too.

Your nearest bottle bank

Your nearest bottle bank is closer than you think – download the Leeds Bins app to find your nearest, use Where I live and search for 'glass, textile and electrical banks' or use the interactive map on this page.

Last year over 15,000 tonnes of glass bottles and jars were thrown away in household bins in Leeds – that’s the weight of 108 blue whales! Dealing with all this glass cost over £1.5 million in disposal costs - money that would have been better spent on other local services.

If you have a suggestion for a new glass bank location please contact us at

Let’s all do our bit and Recycle for Leeds.


Interactive Glass Bank Map

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