From jam jars to preserving bottles through to drink bottles.

It take just four ingredients to make glass - silica sand, soda ash, limestone and recycled glass (or cullet).  These four minerals are heated in a furnace to temperatures of 1200-1500 degrees.  The resulting melted mixture is then formed into bottles and jars, cooled and ready for use.  Read more Glass Facts.



You can reduce glass jars and bottles by

  • purchasing products packaged in other materials i.e. tin/steel or aluminium can, cardboard
  • Refillable


There are a number of alternative uses for glass jars and bottles:

  • Can be refilled - homemade jams and preservatives
  • Storage for loose change, seeds, dry goods, paperclips, nuts and bolts, screws and nails
  • Flower vase
  • Wine bottles can be used as vases or candlestick holders
  • Kid's money box
  • Donate jam and preserving jars

Refillable Glass Milk Bottles


Non-broken glass jars and bottles can be recycled.


How do I recycle it?
  • Drain the remaining liquid
  • Rinse out


Where do I recycle it?
  • Local recycling service
  • Recycle drop off centre - in the bin labelled glass




Broken glass jars and bottles can be disposed of through your local rubbish collection service. 

How do I dispose of it?
  • Wrap broken glass in newspaper/paper
  • Place in refuse bin or approved refuse bag.


Where do I dispose of it?
  • Local refuse service