My bottle is empty: sorting tips!

What can you do with empty packaging glass ? As a consumer, you decide what happens to used packaging glass. In Belgium, we have a well-organised Fost Plus collection system stimulating collection through bottle banks in addition to many alternatives such as door-to-door collection and the very successful recycling centres. You, as a consumer, have a large influence on the life cycle of packaging glass, so we find it necessary to inform you.

What belongs in the bottle bank ?

You can take your empty bottles, jars and pots to the bottle bank . We prefer well-rinsed glass, but you can leave lids and capsules on.

What does NOT belong in the bottle bank?

NOT EXAMPLES REASON ALTERNATIVE
Ceramics, stone and porcelain Plates, cups, vases, stones, stone jars, figurines, etc. These materials do not melt in the glass furnace and make new bottles unfit for use. Recycling centre – construction waste
Loose metals Batteries, nails, razor blades, spraying cans, tins, etc. Metals do not melt in the glass furnace and make new bottles unfit for use. In addition, they damage the furnace. Recycling centre – metal waste
Flat glass Windows, mirrors, wire glass, laminated glass (windshields), tempered glass. The composition of this glass differs from bottle glass. Recycling centre – float glass GRL: float glass
Heat-resistant glass Oven trays, Pyrex, coffee pots, glass cooking plates, furnace windows, protective elements of fireplaces, etc. The melting point of these types of glass is too high so they cannot be melted in the glass furnace. New bottles are unfit for use. Recycling centre – construction waste
Lamps Bulbs, fluorescent lamps, car lights This glass has a different composition and might contain heavy metals. Recycling centre: fluo = hazardous wastebulbs = construction waste household appliance stores
TV screens television or computer screens They contain heavy metals that disrupt the melting process. Recycling centre: amber products
Waste Food and drink, paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, kitchen waste and other materials. This type of waste disrupts the recycling process Recycling centre, garbage bag, etc.