Glass recycling

Your local glass bank needs you!


Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled into new bottles and jars an infinite number of times, as long as it is recycled at a glass bank and not in your recycling bin!

We don’t accept glass in Suffolk’s home recycling bins, yet every year up to 5000 tonnes of glass bottles and jars ends up there. Glass breaks down into small pieces , spoiling other materials such as paper and card which stops it being recycled. It can also be dangerous for people at the recycling facility to pick out broken glass from the recycling. Glass is number one on the list of ‘baddies’ in recycling bins - if no one put glass in their recycling bin it would make a huge difference to recycling in Suffolk! 


Where should I recycle glass?

You can recycle glass at any of the 1000+ 'bring banks' in Suffolk. Local people are already recycling about 70% of all their bottle and jars this way and with your help we can give even more glass a new lease of life! Just empty, clean and pop the metal lids back on your bottles and jars and they will also get recycled. Follow the link to find your nearest bring bank.

Which types of glass can I put in a glass bank?

You can recycle all bottles and jars but please don’t put window glass, light bulbs, reading glasses, glass cooking dishes in a glass bank. You can recycle them at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.


Metal bottle top for a glass bottle

Did you know you can leave metal tops and lids on for recycling too? You can find your nearest glass bring banks

Sheets of pane glass

You can recycle flat glass at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

Pyrex jug

You can recycle Pyrex cooking dishes/ jugs in the flat glass container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.  However if it's in good condition why not see if you can donate unwanted items for re-use to any charity shop.

 Did you know?


Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power 1 hour of a light bulb or 20 minutes of a laptop