Glass Collection Service

Last updated: 20 September 2021

Statement on shortage of drivers impacting glass collections

The ongoing national shortage of Heavy and Large Goods Vehicle drivers continues to have an impact on our ability to cover staff leave or sickness, with no agency staff available to provide relief. We’re prioritising the collection of general waste, recycling waste and garden waste. Unfortunately we are having to cancel glass collection rounds when we don’t have enough drivers available.

A commitment has been made to recruit six new full time LGV drivers to relieve pressure in the short term and provide longer term stability. Here’s the link to the job advert: LGV Driver/Loader.

We’re also upskilling four of our existing Loaders to get them LGV licences, the first two are set to be up and running by the end of October. We’ve also hired an additional vehicle to help clear the backlog of the delivery of replacement or additional bins, with over 600 delivered on Thursday 16 September.

If your glass collection is missed then please bring your crates or wheelie bin back in. We may not be able to return until your next scheduled collection in a fortnight. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your ongoing patience. If any of your other bin collections are missed, please report this using our online form. Glass banks and pods are still being emptied as normal.

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