Buy products made from recycled glass. Buy refills, e.g. dried herbs in small packets, to decant into jars.


- glass jars for home-made jams and chutneys; offer to a bee keeper; transfer contents of opened cans, e.g. tomatoes and store in fridge; runny honey that has crystallised can be re-liquified in a jar in pan of simmering water; use as informal vases, holders for tea lights, for storing dried fruit, nuts, seeds etc; for storing screws and other bits and pieces in workshop.

- glass bottles return glass milk bottles for re-use; use as a vase for a single flower;


Glass is used to make many different products, from bottles and jars, to ovenproof dishes, lampshades, light bulbs, mirrors and windowpanes.  However, only glass jars and bottles can be recycled and these should be carefully sorted, by colour, to maintain the quality of the glass.

Glass bottles and jars are collected in the kerbside recycling black boxes.  Wash out the jars and bottles and remove bottle tops and stoppers. They can also be deposited in glass recycling bank at Marlborough Household Recycling Centre. The container has three separate sections for the different coloured glass: Clear, Brown and Green, because each colour of glass will be processed separately.  Place glass in the appropriate colour section; blue and yellow glass can go in ‘Green’; red in "Brown".   

Metal lids from jars may be recycled in kerbside recycling black boxes or deposited in can recycling bank at Marlborough Household Recycling Centre.

Other kinds of glass, including pyrex, crockery and light bulbs are heat-treated and do not melt at the same temperature as ordinary glass.  If they are put into a glass recycling bank they will contaminate the recycling process and the glass from that bank will have to be landfilled. Check at the HRC: they may be able to go in the rubble container. 

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