UK: Glass jar recycling

Essex residents are being urged to make a “Glass Promise” to reuse and recycle as many glass items as possible, especially jars. The call comes from Essex County Council in the wake of the recent Nati…

Essex residents are being urged to make a “Glass Promise” to reuse and recycle as many glass items as possible, especially jars. The call comes from Essex County Council in the wake of the recent National Glass Recycling Week, which took place from 17-23 June. The Glass Promise is the theme for a national campaign organized by British Glass to promote glass as an environmentally friendly means of packaging as it is 100% recyclable. The campaign is particularly focused on jar recycling, reminding people that a bottle bank does not only take bottles. Kay Twitchen, cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: Glass currently accounts for 9% of household waste sent to landfill each year. However, it can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of quality and can also be reused as storage containers. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at all of Essex County Council“s civic amenity and recycling centres and most local mini-recycling banks. In 2000/01 Essex residents recycled 15,000 tons of glass, which is enough to fill 66 Olympic swimming pools.