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?
|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.|