Bin Trial for Glass Separation

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Thanks to all of the residents who volunteered to trial a fourth household wheelie bin, for the separation of glass. We selected households from across the shire to participate in this trial, and we will publish the results below.


Council has committed to an improved kerbside waste and recycling service. One change in 2021 will be the introduction of a fourth wheelie bin.

We conducted a trial in November 2020 to test the size of the bin, and to gain feedback from local households. 

About the trial

The trial wss capped at 30 households from across the shire and included a diversity of household types and locations.

All household glass collected was recycled at the completion of the trial.

What was involved:

  • Households received an extra wheelie bin for glass (120 litre, the same size as the existing landfill bin).
  • Participants used the extra bin to collect typical household glass, for the four week period 1-29 November 2019.
  • We collected the extra bin at the end of the trial period and took the contents to be recycled.

WHY SEPARATE GLASS?

Removing the glass is a simple thing to do, but it has a huge impact on the quality of the other recyclable materials collected.

The simple reason is that glass breaks, first when it’s thrown in the kerbside bin, again as the recyclables are compacted in the truck, and a third time during the processing at the sorting facility. The broken pieces contaminate the paper and cardboard, plastic and metal, which makes those materials less valuable and harder to recycle.