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All bottle and jars from small medicine jars to large wine bottles can be placed into the appropriate coloured bring bank.
Please remember that pyrex ovenware and ceramic tableware should not be placed in the banks as they are not recyclable.
Ideally give them a quick rinse. At a minimum, ensure that they are emptied of their contents. Remember that insects such as wasps are attracted to sugar in the food and drink residues in the bottles and jars, not to the actual glass itself. The cleaner the bottles and jars going in, the less the number of insects that will be attracted to the bring site.
One truck comes along and empties the three colours of glass into the trailer. Surely it all gets mixed up?
All our collection vehicles have three individual sections in the trailer to accommodate the three colours. Each section has a dividing door which allows us to empty the glass into the correct colour bay when the vehicle arrives back at our processing facility.
Glassco Recycling brings the glass back to our processing plant in Naas, Co. Kildare. There, it is sent through a number of processes such as size screening, metal separation, contaminant removal and colour sorting. The resultant product, glass cullet, is then sent to a glass works where it is melted down to make new glass bottles and jars.
No. Different types of glass have different properties and are not all recyclable. Bring banks cannot take ovenware glass or “Pyrex”, lightbulbs, leaded glass, glazing glass or ceramics such as cups, plates and saucers.
All blue bottles go into the green glass bottle bank.
Virtually every bring site nationwide will have a can bank located at it. Both aluminium drink cans and steel food cans can be put in together into the can bank. If you can, squash the cans to decrease the space they take up in the bank.
I read that a lot of the recyclables collected in Ireland simply get brought to a landfill and get dumped? Is this true?
It is certainly not true for glass. It would make no economic sense to collect glass and then simply send it to a landfill. Glassco Recycling pride ourselves on having one of the lowest waste levels across the recycling sector in Ireland. Of all the material that reaches our plant, less that 1.3% ends up in landfill. This material is mainly made up of labels, corks, plastic rings and lids.