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Leeds prepares for green bin glass collection

Leeds prepares for green bin glass collection

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

This includes all colours 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 per cent recyclable and can be recycled infinitely without any loss of quality. Despite a huge network of bottle banks across the city, more than 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 that, from August 1, 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 more than 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’s executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, Councillor Mohammed Rafique, said: “From 1 August, people can 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 put on the streets. It will be a win-win situation for everyone and we can’t wait to get started.”

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