Southampton council introduces glass recycling


To ‘help residents recycle more’, Southampton City Council will be introducing a new glass collection service from 17 March, and as a result, will introduce changes to weekly rubbish and recycling collection days from Monday (3 March).

The new service, which is free of charge, will see residents receive grey-lidded boxes for their glass recycling from Monday. Plastic bottles, cans, and paper/cardboard will continue to be recycled in the blue-lidded bins.

Glass collections will commence from 17 March and continue fortnightly thereafter, taking place on the same day as regular fortnightly recycling collections, and the same day of the week as weekly household waste collections.

An information leaflet explaining what items can and cannot be recycled, will be dropped off along with the grey-lidded boxes. A calendar showing new bin collection dates for the next six months will then be sent through the post, with a ‘reminder sticker’ to place on the green-lidded residual waste bin, showing the new collection day. Residents can also find their collection day online by visiting the Southampton City Council website.

Glass collections for those living in flats will remain the same (via communal glass recycling bin or a small glass bank).

Southampton City Council believes this new service will help Southampton ‘increase recycling rate as a city’ and claims that ‘every additional one per cent of recycling collected saves £50,000 each year’.

Further, it is thought that by separating out glass from other dry recyclables, the council will be complying with the the requirements of the Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, which come into force from 1 January 2015. 

‘More efficient and cost-effective service’

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: “This new service will make it easier for our residents to recycle glass bottles and jars and the changes to collection days will allow us to provide a more efficient and cost-effective service.

“We really appreciate your efforts to recycle, and I would like to thank residents for their cooperation during this period.”

Residents can receive the latest waste and recycling information by downloading Southampton City Council’s recycling app, available on Apple, Android or Kindle devices.

Waste and recycling news can also be obtained by signing up to the council’s ‘Stay Connected e-alerts’, found on their homepage.

Find out more about Southampton waste and recycling.