Separate at source to save your Glass

The Glass Recycling Company supports the ‘separation at source’ of recyclables. Separation at source is where people sort their rubbish at home, work, restaurants and hotels by separating all recyclable packaging from the rest of the rubbish and placing recyclable packaging in a separate dustbin or bag. Separating your recyclables ensures these valuable packaging materials are not sent to landfill.

Separation at source is one of the key methods to experience an incremental increase in the recovery of waste glass, with a resultant increase in recycling rates. It is important to note that there is no mandatory separation at source in South Africa currently. South Africans need to embrace recycling as a habit, whether this is through positive behaviour, or by being exposed to punitive waste collection systems. Essentially punitive measures may mean that your garbage or rubbish won’t be collected by your municipality if it contains recyclable packaging, like glass or plastics.

While there are still other areas that are yet to roll out Separation at Source, you can continue partaking and recycle your glass bottles and jars at a glass bank near you.

Recycling should be an important part of our daily lives in order to make a lasting impact on the environment.


  • Separating your household waste has a significant and positive impact on the environment. It is as easy as using a plastic bin for non-recyclable household waste, and a durable plastic bag for plastics, glass, cans, paper etc.
  • Make recycling as convenient as possible by using existing containers, rather than buying or building new ones to separate your recyclables.
  • Encourage those around you to do the same – wouldn’t they feel guilty throwing away glass bottles and jars that can be so easily separated and then recycled?
  • Glass containers, bottles and jars, such as those used for food and beverages can be recycled.
  • Glass that cannot be recycled with packaging glass: Windscreen glass, window pane glass, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses and tumblers, Pyrex or laboratory glass. These items cannot be recycled with your regular glass recycling as this glass has different properties to packaging glass.
  • Find a glass bank on The Glass Recycling Company website:
  • The Glass Recycling Company consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa. We are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice.
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