Glass recycling

Find out how and where to recycle your glass.

How to recycle your glass

Rinse the glass out and bring it to a bottle bank. You can leave lids on bottles and jars as they’ll be recycled too. Please do not put glass in either of your wheelie bins.

Find your nearest bottle bank

Glass can be recycled at over 700 recycling banks across the city.

Your nearest bottle bank is closer than you think – download the Leeds Bins app on the Google Play store or the Apple App store to find your nearest, or use our map .

What to do if you can't access your nearest bottle bank

If you cannot access your nearest bottle bank because it is not accessible, you could ask a neighbour or family member to take glass for you. If that isn’t an option, put the glass in your black bin. 


Report an untidy bottle bank

If waste has been left on the ground surrounding our glass recycling containers, you can report fly tipping online.

If you know who dumped the waste, you can also report this to us, and we may be able to give them a fine or prosecute them.

Report a damaged or overflowing bottle bank

We regularly empty public glass recycling containers as part of a scheduled collection. There is no need to report a full container, we will empty them as soon as we can.

If your nearest container is full please use another one nearby or take your waste to a household waste recycling centre. Do not leave any waste on the ground surrounding our containers as this is fly tipping and you could be fined or prosecuted.

You can report a damaged bottle bank or any other issues with our glass recycling containers by emailing

Kerbside glass collections - government update

The government is currently consulting on its national Resources and Waste Strategy. This includes proposals to introduce more consistency on what local councils offer households across the country.

The intention is to make separate collections of more types of recyclable material a legal requirement from 2024. The strategy makes clear that the government will provide councils with the funding needed to do this.

A separate household collection of glass is part of this consultation, as is the introduction of a national Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks bottles.

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