Around 9.5 million kilos of glass bottles and jars are sent for recycling from Bristol every year. Here at Bristol Waste, we are keen to continue recycling as much glass as we can. Glass can actually be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality or unnecessary damage to the environment, making it easy if we collect and recycle it properly. Regardless of what industry you work in, a restaurant, pub, construction company or a head office as examples, your glass can be collected efficiently, whilst ensuring we’re prioritising the environment. Our dual top loader vehicle which collects glass and food (in separate compartments) already travels around the City to service local businesses.

If you are a Bristol based business, we can support you in collecting your glass. We can provide you with either 140L, 240L or 360L containers – You can see what these look like here. Our experienced service teams will deliver your container of choice at a date and time that suits your business. Once filled, they will pick it up at a frequency that suits your requirements. Potential options include, but are not limited to, daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We can tailor this collection further if you have particular requirements.

Glass Recycling

Our process

Glass recycling is cost effective, quick and takes up little space at your business premises. We can help you segregate your glass for collection to ensure that it is fully recycled and kept as a valuable resource, rather than unnecessarily ending up in landfill.

What will we do with your glass?

Once collected by our environmentally friendly trucks, the glass is transported to the local reprocessing plant. The different coloured glass is separated and items such as light bulbs and windowpanes are removed. The recyclable materials are then melted prior to being moulded back into new glass items. This process can be repeated endlessly to maximise the use of the material.

Transfer Station

Want to find out how glass is recycled?

The video below outlines the journey that your glass takes on recycling.


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To find out what waste streams and services that we offer or to request a free quote, please email us directly at: or call us on: 0800 061 4321.

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