Glass packaging sorting instructions for households


Empty, with caps and lids removed

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

It is not necessary to remove labels and bottle neck rings. Rinse dirty glass packaging with cold water if necessary.

Please return deposit glass bottles to reverse vending machines in shops!


  • Healthcare packaging such as vials and ampoules
  • Plastic: e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap
  • Porcelain or ceramics
  • Glass dishes (e.g. drinking glasses, oven dishes, coffee pots, lids for pots and pans)
  • Crystal
  • Opal glass (e.g. some cosmetics packaging and ornamental objects)
  • Windows or mirrors
  • Light bulbs or lamps

Any packaging that contains residues of dangerous substances and pressurised packaging (e.g. paint, chemicals, oils, medicines, hairspray) must be taken to your local hazardous waste collection point.

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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. Some graveyards have their own collection for graveside candleholders.