Dispose of used glass with lid? The recycling symbol and two glass bottles next to it.

DISPOSE OF USED GLASS WITH LID? OR WITHOUT?

You stand in front of the glass container and pick up the first bottle to throw it in. But wait...! What was that again? Should you dispose of used glass with a lid? Or do you have to take it off first? And what should happen to the lids then? 

These and other questions - we explain how you can properly get rid of your waste glass.

Table of Contents: 

1. once and for all: the waste glass and the lid

2. waste glass - how clean does it have to be?

3. short and sweet: where, when, what?

a, Where is the nearest used glass container?

b, When should I dispose of waste glass?

c, What belongs in the used glass container?

Once and for all: the waste glass and the lid

The short answer is: you should remove the lid before disposing ofit.

In fact, modern processing plants can sort out lids from a wide variety of materials. The disadvantage, however, is that this costs more energy. So if you want to dispose of your used glass in an exemplary manner, you should remove the lid beforehand and throw it away separately according to the material.

By the way, while standing in front of the glass container, briefly unscrewing the lid and simply placing it on one of the containers is not a good solution either. They are not disposed of here. So it's best to remove all the lids from the glass before you go and throw them away in the appropriate bin.

Disposing of used glass without lids: The bottles from Kloster Kitchen are ready for disposal without lids. In the front on the left you can see the lids of the 3 bottles stacked on top of each other.

It is best to remove the lid before disposal

The 1SHOT and 12SHOTS bottles from Kloster Kitchen have an aluminum screw cap. You can easily dispose of this in the yellow bag!

Waste glass - How clean does it have to be?

Another question that some people ask themselves - usually while still standing in front of the glass container: How clean does used glass have to be before it can go into the container? For liquids, such as our ginger shots, it is not necessary to rinse the bottles before disposal. Other contents also only need to be removed "spoon clean" - so normal scraping is sufficient here.

AttentionThis does not apply to honey jars - the exception to the rule! You should rinse them thoroughly. Otherwise they will attract bees in search of food, which will then carry honey residues full of bacteria into the hive! 

Short and sweet: Where, when, what?

And here is a brief overview of further questions on the subject of glass disposal!

Where is the nearest used glass container?

This can usually be found out quickly on the homepage of the respective district.

When should I dispose of waste glass?

It is best to follow the signs on the containers. The drop-off times are usually between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays.

What belongs in the used glass container?

In the used glass container belong:

  • Beverage bottles (for example 1SHOT bottles)
  • Canning jars
  • Flacon
  • Packaging glass

DO NOT belong in the used glass container:

  • Drinking glasses
  • Mirror
  • Window glass
  • Flower vases
  • Glass lamps
  • Light bulbs

Why is that actually the case?

The different types of glass have different melting points. So to recycle glass properly, the types of glass with the same melting point should be recycled together!