Blue Box FAQs

The blue box is used to collect glass bottles and jars for recycling
Graphic of a blue box with recycling symbol on it
 Blue box for glass bottles and jars

Blue box frequently asked questions

Can I recycle broken glass?
Can I recycle other items made of glass?
Do the bottles and jars have to be clean?
Where do I recycle the lids?
How do I order a new blue box?
What happens to the glass from my blue box?

Can I recycle broken glass?

Do NOT place any broken glass in your blue box. It may potentially injure a passer-by, small child or animal when placed at the kerbside. Wrap securely in newspaper or bubble wrap so it does not pose a hazard to you or our bin crew and place in the black rubbish sack.

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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 General Rubbish area.

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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.

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Where do I recycle the lids?

Place metal and plastic lids in the clear sack for recycling.

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How do I order a new blue box?

MK residents may order a free blue box online or call Customer Services on 01908 252570.  

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What happens to the glass from my blue box?

All glass bottles and jars collected from blue boxes are sent to furnaces where it is all melted down, and re-moulded into new glass bottles and jars. When different colour glass bottles and jars are melted together it all turns green as this is the dominant colour.

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Last Updated: 16 July 2021