Glass recycling needs to meet a high standard to be accepted by manufacturers who turn your bottle into a new product. If your glass recycling does not meet these standards it will go to landfill.
Common things that will send your glass recycling down this path are broken glass, glass in the main recycling bin (and not the special crate) and things that are not accepted such as lids and dirty glass.
To avoid this grim destiny, make sure you:
- Check your glass recycling and only put accepted products into your recycling. Read what to leave out in this helpful guide.
- Take lids off your glass recycling (dispose of these in your refuse).
- Rinse your glass recycling to make sure it is clean.
If you dispose your extra glass recycling at the Westport or Reefton Transfer stations, you need to colour-sort your glass recycling.
Check out the guides below to get colour sorting right.
Now that you know how to do it correctly – get into it and make sure your glass recycling has a second life.