Sorting rules Glass

Allowed

Transparent glass

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Coloured glass

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Not allowed

Residu glass

Heat-resistant glass (eg. oven dishes and ceramic plates), porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and ceramics, milk glass and crystal, flat glass from windows and mirrors.

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Attention!

  • Deposit only empty glass bottles, flasks and jars.
  • Deposit transparent white glass in the white bin and transparent coloured glass in the coloured glass bin.
  • Avoid causing noise nuisance for local residents and deposit your glass only during the set times.
  • Do not leave any other waste items near the glass recycling bins. Littering is illegal and you risk a hefty fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are only glass bottles, flasks and jars allowed in the glass bins?

Other types of glass, such as heat-resistant glass, milk glass, crystal and the flat glass of windows and mirrors, have a different chemical composition and require higher temperatures to melt. That is why they may not be mixed with the glass of bottles, flasks and jars. Always dispose of them with your residual waste or at the container park.

Why are materials such as porcelain and ceramics not allowed in the glass bins?

The melting temperature of materials such as porcelain, ceramics, earthenware and terracotta is much higher than the melting temperature of glass, contaminating the recycling process. As a result, unmelted shards might end up in the recycled bottles, causing them to be less solid and break easier.

Are bottles and flasks of medicines allowed in the glass bins?

Yes, they are, but only on condition that they are made of glass and are completely empty.

Why are drinking glasses and dishes not allowed in the glass bin?

Some drinking glasses, especially those made of crystal and lead-containing glass, are very harmful to the recycling process. They may also contain heat-resistant glass, milk glass or flat glass. These types of glass have a different chemical composition from regular glass, requiring much higher temperatures to melt and contaminating the recycling process. That is why they may not be mixed with the glass of bottles, flasks and jars.

The melting temperature of dishes made from porcelain, ceramics, earthenware and terracotta is also much higher than the melting temperature of regular glass. As a result, unmelted shards might end up in the recycled glass, causing new products to be not uniformly solid and thus break easier.

Are perfume bottles allowed in the glass bins?

Yes, they are, but only if they are made of transparent glass. Remove the diffuser if possible.

Why are energy-saving lamps and fluorescent tubes not allowed in the glass bins?

Energy-saving lamps and fluorescent tubes contain chemicals that may be dangerous during the recycling process. It should always be sorted with Small Hazardous Waste (Klein Gevaarlijk Afval – KGA or Déchets Spéciaux des Ménages – DSM). They should be disposed of at your container park, not at glass collection sites. Check with your municipality or intermunicipal company to find out more.

Are caps and lids allowed in the glass bins?

The caps and lids of bottles, flasks and jars are made of a variety of materials, including plastic, metal and cork. They can seriously contaminate the recycling process, which is why they are not allowed in the glass bins. Metal lids and caps should be disposed of in the PMD bag. Caps and lids of other materials should be disposed of in your residual waste bag or at the container park.

What about the labels on the glass bottles, flasks and jars?

Labels are automatically removed and disposed of during the waste treatment process and are not a problem.

What should I do if there is a problem with the glass collection?

Your municipality or intermunicipal company is responsible for the glass collection and the maintenance of the glass collection sites. Notify them in case of problems. You should always contact them should you discover litter at the glass collection site or when the containers are overflowing. 

Why is it important to sort glass correctly?

The better we sort, the more efficient the recycling process becomes and the higher the quality of the recycled materials will be. This definitely applies to glass. That is why coloured glass needs to be separated from white glass at the glass collection sites. Only white glass can be recycled into new white glass. 

Stoneware, earthenware, ceramics and porcelain are not allowed in the glass bins. The same applies to heat-resistant glass, which is used in oven and microwave dishes and ceramic cookware. The melting temperature of these materials is far higher than that of ordinary glass. As a result, unmelted shards may end up in the bottles that are made of these recycled materials, which become unusable as a result.

What if I have doubts about how to sort a specific packaging?

When you have doubts about how to sort a specific packaging, we recommend checking the sorting rules for PMD, glass and paper-cardboard. These rules are also listed on the waste collection calendar of your intermunicipal company or in the Recyle! app for your smartphone and tablet. If you are still uncertain, then dispose of the packaging in the residual waste bag. This is the best way to avoid problems during the sorting and recycling process.

Questions?

Please contact us at info@fostplus.be