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Westminster City Council

Glass recycling

Why keep it separate?

Our glass recycling service is very suitable for hospitality businesses like bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels. Most waste from these businesses consists out of empty bottles and jars. It would be a shame to mix this high quality material with other recyclables after which it will require extensive sorting with loss of quality as a result. As such it is a legal requirement to ensure that glass is not mixed with other rubbish.

Its best for the environment as well as your wallet to keep larger volumes of glass separate for recycling. Our collection service can be tailored so keeping glass separate won’t take up extra space. Glass collections are also a lot more cost effective than getting rid of it as mixed recycling or general waste. Prices start from as little as £1. 

How it works:

We strongly recommend you use one of our glass recycling bins.  They are by far the best way to have your glass collected. We can supply all equipment so sharp materials such as glass don’t get in the way of the day to day running of your business. The bins come in big and small sizes depending on how much of it you produce. Just contact us to set up a collection agreement or for more information.

If you struggle to accommodate a glass recycling bin, as a last resort, we can supply you with transparent bags instead. Please don’t place these bags on the street outside of your allocated collection times.


Not everything can or should be recycled. Putting the wrong materials into your glass recycling can cause whole truckloads to be rejected. The most common contaminants found in glass recycling loads are black bags, food waste, food soiled packaging, sanitary waste (e.g. paper towels, napkins etc) and wine coolers. Westminster can collect this waste as part of general waste collections.