Glass Recycling

Glass is one of the original forms of packaging, having been discovered over 5,000 years ago.
Glass is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled and reprocessed indefinitely.
SUEZ provides collection and disposal services for glass recycling.
Facts about Glass
of natural resources saved for every tonne of glass recycled
years for glass to break down naturally
tonnes of glass packaging consumed in Australia every year

What is glass waste?

Only glass bottles and jars can be placed into the glass recycling bin or co-mingled recycling bin.


Drinking glasses, ceramics, plate glass window panes and oven-proof glass have a different melting temperature to glass bottles and cannot be recycled.

What goes in the glass or comingled recycling bin?


  • Glass bottles (Brown, green and clear)
  • Glass jars


  • Window or windscreen glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Light globes & tubes

  • Plastic & metal
  • Liquids
  • Chemicals
  • Food & Garden organics


Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.

Bin and container options

Where does glass waste go?

Glass waste gets put in bins or containers with a dark green or yellow lid or signage.

Glass recycling process

Glass is sent to one of our resource recovery centres  or material recycling facilities where it is screened, decontaminated, sorted and baled.


What happens to glass?