Disposing of your glass bottles and jars
The average family in the UK uses around 330 bottles and jars each year but only 28% of clear glass in Ipswich gets recycled - the rest unfortunately ends up in landfill.
The best way to dispose of your unwanted glass bottles and jars is to take them to the special glass banks around town, as unfortunately glass cannot go in your blue bins. This is for two main reasons:
- Glass shards may get caught up in any paper in your bin, causing damage to the equipment at the paper recycling mill;
- Part of the sorting process for recyclable materials is done by hand at the Material Recovery Facility at Great Blakenham which could be dangerous.
A list of the recycling centres in Ipswich at which you can recycle glass is available on our Recycling Glass page.
Alternatively you can find a list of all recycling centres in Ipswich on the Recycling Centres Locations pages.
By recycling more glass, you are not only saving landfill space but you can also help raise money for the local community - for example Chantry Residents Association received almost £1,500 from one year of glass recycling.
Residents may also have seen the new style glass recycling units at Dumbarton Road and the Royal Oak, Felixstowe Road. Since they have been installed nearly 10 tonnes of glass has been saved from landfill.
We are always looking for new locations for our new style units, if you have a suggestion please get in touch with the Waste and Recycling team.
Last Updated: Tuesday 16th April 2013