Clear, green and brown bottles and food jars can all be recycled in Chesterfield. Glass should be placed in the caddy in the blue bin. If you do not have enough room in your caddy, please place it in a rigid container at the side of your bin on collection day.
Glass is made from sand, limestone and soda ash, and large amounts of energy are needed to convert them into glass. Glass recycling saves raw materials and energy. Every tonne of cullet (as the crushed, used glass is known) that goes through the furnace saves more than its own weight in raw materials. Cullet melts at lower temperatures than the raw materials, so less energy is required. If the raw materials, sand and limestone are not being quarried then this helps to preserve the countryside. At least nine per cent of household waste is glass. If this is recycled then we are reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
What happens to glass collected in Chesterfield?
The glass is taken to a reprocesser. It is crushed and then melted down and used to make more bottles and jars. Glass can be recycled indefinitely.
In 2007/8, out of a possible 2,580 tonnes, a massive 2,352 tonnes of glass were recycled in Chesterfield.