Recycling helps to protect the environment and reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials, all of which create air and water pollution.
As a council we are responsible for managing over 320,000 tonnes of waste each year. The majority of this is taken to landfill to be disposed of which removes both the value of the material and the energy used to manufacture the original product.
If some of this waste was taken for recycling instead energy, raw materials and landfill costs would be saved.
By taking the time to sort your rubbish appropriately, you are helping to reduce our general waste going to landfill and our associated costs.
Making small changes at home and work, can make a big difference to the environment -as recycling saves energy, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
In response to the Climate Emergency, we are committed to playing a key role in the development of a more sustainable role in the development of a more sustainable city.
Look out for our new tv and radio campaign which aims to get Glasgow residents talking and thinking about recycling.
With a tagline of 'Stop Talking Rubbish', citizens are encouraged to waste less by reusing or recycling more while also underlining the importance of recycling properly for the city and the wider environment. The campaign flows from the strategic objective in our Resources and Recycling Strategy 2020-2030 to promote behaviour change and at a practical level seeks to direct residents to use recycling bins appropriately while also highlighting the impact of not doing so.
It is also hoped the campaign will help to promote a sense of personal pride in Glasgow so that recycling is taken seriously by householders and they try to waste less by reusing or recycling more.
Our new bin frequencies help us to encourage increased recycling in the city and helps to reduce the carbon footprint. (See the next section about what each household bin can take)
The majority of general waste is processed at the Glasgow recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC), where state of the art technology is used to extract recyclables from waste which would otherwise be disposed of and recovers energy from material which cannot be recycled.
Green Fact - The £154 million Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre takes 90% of the waste that would have gone to land and turns it into renewable energy, making a substantial contribution to the decarbonisation of Glasgow's electricity. The world leading waste processing plant was built through a joint venture between Viridor and the council. The plant also has options to connect to the future heat network being planned in the city and will be a key piece of infrastructure in the city's race to be net zero carbon by 2030.
Household Waste Recycling Centres
Visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/hwrc for a list of what you can dispose of and recycle at any of our centres.
Public Recycling Centres
There are over 650 public recycling sites across the city where materials can be placed for recycling, visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/recyclingpoints for a list of all sites.
Remember your food caddy can be used to store food waste in your home and help you transport it to your brown bin.
A blue recycling bag for life can be provided to assist with storing loose recycling items in your house and will help you to transfer to your blue bin.
What can I recycle?
The following only applies if you live in Glasgow, you should check your local council website for details on other areas.
Could you recycle more?
A recent survey found that we are still putting too much recyclable waste in our green bin.
We need you to recycle as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste in your green bin. It was also highlighted that approximately 60% of waste in the green bin was recyclable and could have been placed in the blue, brown or purple bin.
Recycling can save you money - reuse your containers and shopping bags.
All commercial premises, including council offices, need to separate waste for recycling. This includes glass, metal, plastic, paper and card from all other waste.
Our recycling rate is improving but we need to do more to make sure we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to save both our costs and the environment.
Did you know that one recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes and one recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours?
How can I recycle in my office?
A lot of the materials we use in the office can be reduced, recycled or reused:
What items can I recycle?
You can recycle the following items in both the integrated bins in the BIG BIN:
Please dispose of your confidential waste papers in your nearest confidential waste unit. This will be collected for secure shredding before being recycled.
In 2019, the Glasgow Cup Movement was launched by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Simply Cups to reduce the large volume of single use cups being discarded to landfill, as opposed to being recycled. We then launched our internal cup collection and recycling units to help reduce single use cup waste in the workplace and encourage staff to bring their own personal cup to re-use each day instead. Find out more here and make the change with a reusable cup.