Recycling glass


Once your glass bottles and jars have been recycled they become either more glass bottles and jars, or are ground up to be used in roads.

How are glass bottles and jars recycled?

After being collected from your recycling bin, your glass is transported to a sorting facility, where it is separated from other recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, tins, cans and plastic.

The glass is then taken to a reprocessing facility where it is sorted by colour and crushed into small pieces called cullet. The cullet is then melted at 1500°C and other ingredients are added. This liquid is then divided and can be blown or pressed into new bottles or jars.

Other types of glass such as Pyrex, glass ovenware or wine glasses, flutes, tumblers, window panes and mirror glass melt at a different temperature to glass bottles and jars, so can’t be recycled in the same way.

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