What goes in the blue box?
The blue box is used to collect:
- glass bottles, e.g. wine or beer bottles
- glass jars, e.g. jam jars
If you are unsure if an item can recycled in the Blue Box please check the FAQs below, email or call tel. 01908 252570. Blue boxes containing the wrong items will not be collected. If in doubt, leave it out.
MK residents may order a free Blue Box.
Can I recycle broken glass?
Do NOT place broken glass in your blue box. It may potentially injure a passer-by, small child or animal when placed at the kerbside. Dispose of safely by either wrapping securely in newspaper or bubble wrap so it does not pose a hazard to you or our bin crew and placing it in the black sack.
Can I recycle other items made of glass?
Do not place drinking glasses, Pyrex, perfume bottles, china, crockery, mirrors, old light bulbs, etc. in the Blue Box. These items cannot be recycled and should be disposed of safely by either wrapping securely in newspaper or bubble wrap so it does not pose a hazard to you or our bin crews and placing it in the black sack. These items can also be taken to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres and placed in the in the General Rubbish bins.
Do the bottles and jars have to be clean?
Please just rinse out glass bottles or jars to remove/reduce food or drink residue so that they do not attract wasps or vermin.
Where do I recycle the lids?
Place metal and plastic lids in the clear / pink sack for recycling.
What happens to the glass from Blue Boxes?
All glass bottles and jars collected from Blue Boxes are sent to Sheffield to be recycled. Here they are placed into a furnace where it is all melted down. The molten glass can then be re-moulded into new bottles and jars. When different colour glass bottles and jars are melted together it all turns green as this is the dominant colour.
Last Updated: 19 March 2020