Tips to manage your glass recycling during coronavirus

24 APR 20 | 2 minute read

How to make use of your glass recycling during coronavirus

Coronavirus may be affecting glass recycling services in your local area, which means collections might have been temporarily disrupted. You can find out more about the services in your local area here.

If you have been affected by any disruptions you can still play your part in supporting your local authority and protecting you, your community and Scotland.

Until recycling collections resume and Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) reopen we need you to try and store any glass recycling you have in any space you have available. We know that this is unusual and could be inconvenient, however disruptions won’t be in place for any longer than they need to be and your support will make a huge difference to the efforts of our frontline workers and recycling efforts in Scotland.

Storage tips for Glass

  • Glass jars and bottles should be washed to make sure there’s no food or drink residue left.
  • Continue to place glass in your glass recycling bin/container until it is full.
  • Glass is heavy and takes up space however when using suitable containers, it can be arranged and stored easily.
  • If you have a suitable space for storing glass, then make sure your containers/bags are strong enough to hold glass – be careful not to overfill.
  • Items such as beer bottles can be stored in their original cardboard packaging and then stored in cupboards or garages.
  • Glass can still be recycled if it gets wet so you may be able to store them in a suitable container outside.

Reuse Glass Jars and Bottles

With glass bottles and jars you don't just have to store them while you wait for recycling collections to resume. You can wash them out and use them to store pens, pasta, you name it. If you’re a jam maker keep those little jars handy for when you might need them. And if you really want to get creative you can turn bottles into lamps and vases!

Get Crafty

If you're feeling arty, Pinterest has lots of great ideas for what to do with spare glass. 

What next?

If you have any questions, hopefully we’ll have the answers on our FAQs page. We’ve got more useful tips and guidance below to help you manage your waste. And thank you for doing your bit in a really difficult time.