Glass Collection Service

Last updated: 30 July 2021

Statement on shortage of drivers impacting glass collections

Due to the ongoing shortage of drivers, we've been unable to make glass recycling collections in some areas of the city over the past couple of weeks.

This disruption is likely to continue over the coming weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, and we are working hard to get full collections back up and running as normal.

Public glass pods and banks will still be collected as normal and we encourage residents to use these where possible.

We also ask that residents remove their glass box from the pavement if they have not been emptied on their scheduled collection day. Thank you for your continued cooperation - we will continue to keep you updated as this develops.

Glass collections have been introduced across the city so Southampton residents can recycle more.

We accept

  • All glass bottles
  • All glass jars

No thanks, we cannot accept

  • Glass kitchenware or homeware, for example, Pyrex
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Broken glass or mirrors
  • Panes of glass
  • China egg cups and saucers

Please dispose of these items in your general waste bin or at the recycling centre.

What do I need to do?

Do not worry about removing the labels but please remove the lids, corks and tops (and put these in your normal general waste bin).

Simply rinse out your glass bottles and jars and place them in your new glass collection box. Please do not overfill your box. 

Put it in a clearly visible place at the front edge of your property boundary on your recycling day, the same day as your blue-lidded recycling bins.

Boxes are in a standard size only and do not have a lid. There are drainage holes in the base of the box in case of rain.

If you live in a house please use your glass collection box and find collection dates on your collection calendar

If you live in a flat, you may have a new collection bin for glass. If not, please take your glass to your nearest glass recycling bank

Missed glass recycling collection

Request emptying of a shared glass recycling bin

Missing, lost or damaged glass collection bin