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Mountains of glass waste are created in Leeds every day. Leeds city centre has more than 120 restaurants and cafes, 180 pubs, and 28 big hotels. These all throw away lots of empty glass beer and wine bottles, jars for condiments and ingredients, and cosmetic containers. Glass recycling is essential to prevent it from ending up in landfill.

You can’t dispose of glass in your green household recycling bin but there are more than 700 bottle banks across Leeds. These are often in supermarket and council car parks. They’re only for domestic use though, and businesses must arrange commercial waste collection of any glass waste in Leeds. 

We provide free bins and collect commercial glass waste in Leeds and the surrounding areas, sending it for recycling.

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Leeds glass waste

At Divert we offer glass waste collection in Leeds and the surrounding areas, transporting all types of old, used, and broken glass items for recycling, such as:

  • Glass bottles – any colour of used wine, beer, and soft drinks bottles. 
  • Glass jars – empty jars for condiments, sauces, and ingredients.
  • Glassware – drinking glasses, cups, and vases that are broken or no longer needed. 

Any glass products that were chemically treated (such as Pyrex) can’t be recycled with regular glass waste. Otherwise, glass is infinitely recyclable so must be disposed of responsibly by your Leeds organisation. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online for a free quote for glass collection in Leeds.

How commercial glass recycling
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Start by getting a free quote based on the number and size of glass bins you need and your location in Leeds. We’ll deliver these bins for free to your business, you just pay for collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. Simply fill each bin with glass and within the weight limit.

Our licensed waste carriers will come and collect your bins at the agreed time in one of our purple trucks. They’ll transport it to a local recycling centre in Leeds, such as Kirkstall or Seacroft waste recycling centres. The glass waste will be sorted by colour, cleaned, contaminants removed, crushed, heated, and moulded into fresh glass products.

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Who needs glass waste collection in Leeds?

All sorts of businesses across Leeds regularly create glass waste and require commercial waste collection and recycling services. The bars down Call Lane get through hundreds of wine, beer, and spirit bottles every week, while shops in the White Rose Centre sell many glass items and may have broken stock to recycle.

Hair salons in Horsforth to spas at Oulton Hall and Thorpe Park also create glass waste with containers and jars used for cosmetics. Cafes in Roundhay and Golden Acre Park, restaurants along Greek Street, and many other companies in Leeds generate high volumes of glass waste. The main businesses that need glass waste collection in Leeds are:

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  • Retailers
  • Nightclubs
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Free glass recycling bins in Leeds

Get free glass bins delivered to your business in Leeds with no rental, delivery, or hidden fees. Simply cover the collection costs, whether you want your glass recycling bins in Leeds removed every day, week, or fortnight. You can use one or more of the same or different size glass bins and mix glass colours in the same bin.

  • 240L glass bin – the same size as your household wheelie bin that holds 3 to 5 bags of waste.
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 Local glass recycling centres in Leeds

There are more than 700 bottle banks across Leeds where you can recycle glass bottles and jars from your household. Simply wash out your empty bottles and jars then place them in the appropriate coloured bottle bank with their lids on.

You can also recycle domestic glass at eight household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Leeds. You need a permit to visit in a commercial, large vehicle, or with a trailer. These HWRCs are Kirkstall, Meanwood, Middleton, Otley (Ellar Ghyll), Pudsey, Seacroft, Wetherby (Thorp Arch), and Yeadon. 

Commercial glass waste is only accepted at two of these sites – Kirkstall and Seacroft HWRCs. Charges apply depending on the weight of glass waste and for use of the weighbridge. You must have a waste carriers’ licence and Leeds City Council will supply a waste transfer note for any glass you dispose of.

  • Kirkstall HWRC

    Opening hours

    Between 31 October 2022 to 26 March 2023 – 8am to 4pm

    Between 27 March 2023 to 29 October 2023 – 8am to 6pm

    Address and contact details

    Evanston Avenue



    LS4 2HR​

    Email – [email protected]

  • Seacroft HWRC

    Opening Hours

    Between 31 October 2022 to 26 March 2023 – 8am to 4pm

    Between 27 March 2023 to 29 October 2023 – 8am to 6pm

    Address and contact details

    Limewood Road



    LS14 1LU

    Email – [email protected]

Why use Divert for your glass recycling in Leeds?

Glass waste disposal in Leeds is affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly with Divert. We provide free glass recycling bins to safely store all your empty bottles, jars, and glassware with a collection schedule to suit the amount of waste you create and your budget. Diverting glass away from landfill towards recycling also reduces your landfill tax bill.

Our team are based in Yorkshire and know the streets and recycling centres of Leeds well. This helps us deliver efficient solutions to get rid of all your glass waste, wherever your business is based and however much you need collecting. And your glass will always be recycled, helping keep Leeds as green as those empty beer bottles.

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Arrange glass collection in Leeds

Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online for a free quote tailored to your glass collection needs in Leeds. There’s no obligation and prices are fixed, including labour. If you’re happy with the price we can book your glass bin deliveries and collections today. One of our friendly team will happily answer any of your questions.

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Leeds glass recycling FAQs

  • What areas of Leeds do you collect glass waste in?

    Our glass waste collections cover all of Leeds and the surrounding towns and villages. This includes from Millennium Square in the city centre out to Yeadon, Guiseley, and Otley. Wherever your business is within an LS postcode we can collect your glass waste. Arrange glass collection in:

    • Leeds city centre (LS1)
    • Woodhouse and Little London (LS2)
    • Burley and Kirkstall (LS3 and LS4)
    • Headingley, Hyde Park, and Meanwood (LS6)
    • Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, and Sheepscar (LS7)
    • Roundhay, Harehills, and Oakwood (LS8)
    • Burmantofts, East End Park, and Halton Moor (LS9)
    • Hunslet, Middleton, and Stourton (LS10)
    • Beeston, Cottingley, and Holbeck (LS11)
    • Armley, Wortley, and New Farnley (LS12)
    • Bramley, Moorside, and Rodley (LS13)
    • Seacroft, Thorner, and Killingbeck (LS14)
    • Cross Gates, Colton, and Temple Newsham (LS15)
    • Adel, Cookridge, Lawnswood, and Bramhope (LS16)
    • Alwoodley, Moortown, Shadwell, and Harewood (LS17)
    • Horsforth (LS18)
    • Yeadon, Rawdon, and Carlton (LS19)
    • Guiseley (LS20)
    • Otley (LS21)
    • Methley, Rothwell, and Woodlesford (LS26)
    • Morley, Churwell, and Gildersome (LS27)
  • Can I put glass in my green bin in Leeds?

    You cannot put glass in your household green bin in Leeds. This is a domestic recycling bin used for cardboard, paper, certain plastics, metal cans, foil, and other kinds of dry mixed recycling but not glass. For any glass waste from your home, you should take it to one of around 700 bottle banks in Leeds. 

    Find your nearest bottle bank in Leeds with this online tool.

  • How do I dispose of broken glass in Leeds?

    You can dispose of broken glass bottles and jars from your home in Leeds in a nearby bottle bank alongside intact bottles and jars. They’ll be crushed as part of the recycling process anyway. Handle any broken panes of glass or bigger glass shards carefully and take them to a HWRC in Leeds for disposal. 

    If your Leeds business has broken glass bottles, jars, windowpanes, or any other type of broken glass to recycle you must arrange commercial waste collection. At Divert we can collect all sorts of broken glass in Leeds and transport it for safe and sustainable recycling.