Glass

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.

 

Reduce

You can reduce glass jars and bottles by

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

 

Reuse

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

Recycle

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?

 

 

Disposal

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?