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Purple Bin Recycling

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Glass Bin Collection

We are pleased to advise that the collection of purple glass recycling bins from front and back door properties will restart from Monday, July 20, 2020.

Please ensure you check the online collection calendar here for your new scheduled collection dates following the restart of the service.  Waste placed at the side of bins will not be collected. 

Please note that from Monday, July 20, 2020 we will now be collecting your purple bin every eight weeks - your collection day is therefore likely to change.  Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, we found that demand for the service was low with less than a third of purple bins being presented for collection every four weeks. This change better reflects the demand for the service. 

By moving to an eight-week collection cycle for purple bins we can recycle glass from homes with front and back doors much more efficiently.

Residents can also continue to use the network of public collection points for glass bottles and jars.  Details on the network of points are available on the council website.  In addition, from Saturday 18 July, residents can also use their local household waste recycling centre to recycling any glass bottles or jars.

Please continue to support our refuse collection crews by giving consideration to the regular cleaning of bin handles and lids and washing your hands before and after touching bins.

Whilst adhering to the Government advice on physical distancing, please help us by sharing this information with family, friends and neighbours who may not have access online to this information or by sharing on local social media pages.

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?

From Monday 20th July, your purple bin will be collected every eight weeks.

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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