Glass ringing as Leeds prepares for kerbside collections to begin

Glass ringing as Leeds prepares for kerbside collections to begin

Glass collection in green bins starts on August 1st

Households in Leeds will be able to recycle glass bottles and jars in their green bins for the first time from early August.

This includes all colors of glass and means everything from wine, spirits and beer bottles, to jam and pasta sauce jars, can now be recycled in Leeds’ green bin.

All glass bottles and jars collected from the green bins will be recycled and melted down again in Yorkshire and turned into new bottles and jars ready for use within a month. Caps, lids and labels can be dropped off ready for collection.

Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled infinitely without any loss of quality. Despite a huge network of bottle banks across the city, over half of glass bottles and jars in Leeds are currently placed in black general household waste bins and incinerated. This equates to 11,400 tonnes of glass which, from 1 August, can be placed in the green bin and recycled. The environmental benefit would be an annual carbon saving of 2,600 tonnes, the equivalent of taking over 975 cars off the road each year.

The local network of over 700 bottle banks across Leeds will remain open for added convenience.

For clarity, the green bin is for glass bottles and jars of any color; however, other items, such as ovenproof dishes, light bulbs, window glass or drink glass, do not melt at the same temperature as recyclable bottles and jars, so they can be placed in the black bin or taken to your nearest household waste and recycling center.

Leeds City Council Executive Member for Climate, Energy, Environment and Green Spaces, Councillor Mohammed Rafique he said:

“We are delighted to be able to launch this glass collection service, which we know has been a long-standing aspiration of the city and its residents. From 1 August, people will be able to place their bottles and jars in their existing green bins, which will help make a significant difference to our recycling rates and benefit the environment and local economy. This is part of providing simpler recycling opportunities and choices for Leeds residents, without creating more bins for them to manage and place on the streets. It will be a win-win situation and we can’t wait to get started.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds’ waste collection service currently empties an average of half a million bins per week. Annually, this equates to the collection and disposal of almost a quarter of a million tonnes of household waste from the black, green and brown bins; but with less than half a per cent of all Leeds’ waste going to landfill.

Accepting glass in the green bin adds to the range of materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic and metal that can already be easily recycled at home in the Leeds green bin.

The addition of glass as a material now collected from the kerbside for recycling means Leeds is meeting the national Simper recycling requirement ahead of the 2026 deadline.

The glass will be separated from household paper, cardboard, metal and plastic recycling into green bins at HW Martin in Leeds. The glass is further sorted to remove waste ready for remelting. Glass processing in Yorkshire, where cullet is screened to remove non-glass items using magnets, optical separators and vacuum cleaners before being melted at up to 1,600 degrees Celsius and the molten glass guided into new moulds for jars and bottles.


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