Glass recycling box

Red box collection suspended

Updates on other waste/recycling collections

As part of our response to COVID-19, collection of glass is suspended. At the moment, we can't say when the service will be reinstated. This is to allow us to do priority collections.

There are no health risks in storing clean glass containers. Please rinse bottles and jars and store these at home.

Please don't use local Recycling Points to dispose of your glass. We do not have the staff to empty these or clean up fly-tipped material.

You can bring glass bottles and jars to Penicuik or Stobhill Recycling Centres.

What goes in your red box?

Red recycling containerYour kerbside box is for the collection of glass bottles and jars.


  • Wine bottles
  • Cooking sauce jars
  • Jam jars
  • Beer bottles
  • Coffee jars
  • Ketchup bottles
  • Baby food jars


  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Spectacles
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Sheet glass / greenhouse / window glass
  • Crockery
  • Tea-light candle holders
  • Broken glass

Using your glass recycling box

  • Remove wine bottle corks and jar lids. These cannot be recycled as part of this service so put these in your grey bin.
  • Rinse glass bottles and jars to remove food and drink residue.
  • Place items straight into your box. Do not use carrier bags or bin liners.
  • Do not fill your box too full.
  • Your glass box will be emptied every fortnight.

Recycling other glass items

  • Ceramic ornaments or glass dishes in good condition can be donated to a local charity shop.
  • Broken crockery can be recycled in the rubble skip at Stobhill Household Waste Recycling Centre. 
  • Broken glass and mirrors should be placed in your grey bin for disposal.

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