A new life for glass packaging


Glass can be recycled indefinitely to make new packaging without compromising on quality or purity.

Glass packaging waste from Rinki eco take-back points is transported to one of 38 terminals in Finland. From the terminals, glass waste is delivered to glass processing plants in Forssa, Finland and Järvakandi, Estonia. Deliveries abroad are transported by sea in large batches. Glass packaging waste is processed in the processing plants. Impurities are sorted out, glass waste is cleaned and sorted by color. After processing, it becomes raw material for glass packaging factories where new glass bottles and jars are manufactured from the material.

All glass waste is recycled. Using recycled glass as a raw material for new packaging is eco-friendly and reduces the need to use virgin raw materials. Glass packaging is no longer manufactured in Finland.

Careful sorting of glass packaging according to Rinki’s instructions is important. Only glass bottles and jars should be taken to the glass containers. They are suitable for recycling whereas items such as drinking glasses, oven pans, crystal and porcelain are not suitable for recycling. These materials have qualities that make recycling impossible or very difficult.

Glass packaging waste is turned into:

  • mostly new glass packaging, i.e. glass bottles and jars.
  • part of the glass packaging waste is also turned into construction products, such as foam glass.

Learn more about recycling glass packaging: Suomen Keräyslasiyhdistys ry


Why are only bottles and jars allowed in the glass packaging container?

Drinking glasses, coffee pots, oven dishes, porcelain, ceramics and window or mirror glass are not allowed into the container since glass packaging will be reused in new glass packaging.

There are certain quality requirements for the recycled material used in the industrial process, which is the reason that only glass bottles and jars are suitable for recycling.
The properties of other glass materials prevent them from being used in recycling. For example, their melting points vary, or they have other properties that make them impossible or difficult to be recycled.

Can I put glass graveside candleholders into the container for glass packaging?

No, you cannot. Some graveside candleholders are made of non-recyclable borosilicate glass and some may contain lead glass, which are not suitable for recycling. To ensure the quality of the glass collected, no graveside candleholders made of glass should be put into the container. You can put the metal covers of candleholders as well as tin jars for outdoor fires and aluminium tea light cases into the container for metal packaging.