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Our Glass Recycling Services

Our expert state-of-the-art facility in Bow, East London allows us to provide customers with specialised containers to help manage their glass waste.

Your waste is transported to the facility using our low-emissions Euro 6 fleet, part of our commitment to sustainability. What’s more, our glass collection service can be scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you.

Your glass waste will then be bulked at our solar-powered facility and sent onwards according to its quality. Our recycling services crush, melt down and recycle high quality glass into new products, while fine fragments and low quality glass is reused by the construction industry as aggregate. This means that, no matter what we collect from you, it can — and will — always be reused.

At Bywaters we accept glass of all colours and grades, including beer and wine bottles, condiment containers and mason jars. Our waste management services make the most of your waste’s potential, while being in line with our sustainability initiatives.

In the Last Year...

Tonnes of Glass Recycled
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Homes Powered Through Energy Savings

The Glass Recycling Process

Your glass is collected by our low emissions Euro 6 fleet

Glass is sorted and bulked at our solar-powered facility

Bulked material is then transported to reprocessors

High quality glass is recycled into new products

Low quality or crushed glass is used in construction

Glass Recycling FAQs

By recycling glass, you’re helping to reduce emissions of harmful gases that are normally produced when it is manufactured. This includes sulphur dioxide, which contributes to climate change, and nitrogen oxide, which is especially bad for health. When glass is recycled and reused for new bottles and jars, less energy is needed to make them, and the associated air pollution of glass production is reduced by 20%.

If you are a commercial customer Glass can not be disposed of in your DMR bins, as the corrosive nature of this material can damage sorting machinery in the MRF. 

Residential customers are able to put glass waste in their DMR stream. Although the sorting process is easier if the glass is already segregated from other recyclables, our state-of-the-art facility is able to separate glass out from DMR waste.

Glass can’t be recycled if it is still attached to an electronic device, so an appliance with a glass screen shouldn’t be placed in glass waste. They can, however, be disposed through our Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) service, where the materials will be treated and sorted differently.

We have the facilities to recycle glass in all conditions, meaning that our glass collection service can sort it, whether it’s intact or not. Either way, the recycling process will require crushing the material, so it doesn’t matter what condition it arrives in. However, if you are disposing of broken glass, you must still be careful as, although it isn’t hazardous waste, it can cause injury.

The Bywaters glass recycling facility can manage any type of glass, no matter the colour or grade. This includes beverage bottles, jars, food bottles, as well as non-food containers such as perfume vials.