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Purple Bin Recycling

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Important Information

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) there have been changes made to this service.   For further advice and guidance please read our dedicated services update page

Collection of glass from front and back door properties is suspended until further notice.  Please do not present your purple bin for collection.

Subject to the current rules on social distancing and public gatherings, residents can still use the network of public collection points for glass bottles and jars, which are still being serviced by cou

We thank you for your patience during this time.

What is it?

The purple bin service is for the collection of glass bottles and jars and is currently only provided to houses that are part of the managed weekly collection service.

Public collection points for glass are provided within areas comprising flats, tenements and multi-storey properties.

The collection of this waste stream is currently provided, under contract, by a private sector waste management company.

What can go into the purple bin?

The following items can be placed within the purple bin:

  • Wine Bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Jam jars
  • Coffee jars
  • Sauce bottles
  • Bottle lids and tops can be left on bottles and jars

What should not go into the purple bin?

Please do not place the following items into your purple bin:

  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Pyrex glass

When is my purple bin collected?

Your purple bin is collected every four weeks.

Householders that present their purple bin receive a calendar to highlight when they should present their bin on the kerbside for collection.

What happens to the purple bin contents?

The glass is taken to a treatment facility where the glass is sorted and subsequently sent for re-manufacture into glass bottles and used within the manufacture of fibre glass products.

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