There are a number of relevant reports and resources concerning glass collection available for both collectors and businesses. These may help you consider your role in the process.

Key points
  • Using examples of best practice can save you time and expense on developing new processe
  • Learn from successful trials and studies to see what would work for your organisation or local authority


The case studies and resources below have been specially selected to cover the topic of commercial collection of glass by local authorities or commercial waste managers.

Each chapter contains a brief summary, key points and contents listing for each trial or report to help you identify the benefits or results of each trial and to delve into the reports that are of most interest to your organisation. 


Hospitality Sector Glass Compactor Trials

Investigating the potential for small glass compactors to increase the quantity of glass returning to remelt from the hospitality sector.

Key conclusions/recommendations:

  • The average glass crushed for the nine sites was 24 tonnes/annum, and with 300 premises using glass compactors this would equate to approximate 7,200 tonnes/annum.
  • The average glass waste arising from licensed retail establishments is 620,000 tonnes; therefore approximately 1% of glass from the hospitality sector is currently processed with onsite glass compactors.
  • Firm estimates of exact cost savings are difficult to attain but the collection service offered by the compactor suppliers is generally between 20 and 25% less than the cost of traditional collections.


Introduction >>
Site Visits >>
Analysis of Samples >>
Specification Review and Processor Feedback >>
End Destinations >>
Financial Review >>
Sector Review >>
Conclusions >>
Recommendations >>

Glass Collection from Licensed Retail Establishments (LREs) in Urban Centres of Yorkshire and Humber

A study into the economics of glass recycling by Licensed Retail Establishments (LREs) in urban centres of Yorkshire and Humber.

Key conclusions/recommendations:

  • The potential participation level for glass recycling amongst LREs is good – 84% in Yorkshire and Humber.
  • Only 33% of LREs considered there to be no barriers to participating in glass collections. Lack of time (24%), space (20%) and costs (15%) were cited as the principle barriers.
  • LRE’s are not aware that glass bins should, on the whole, replace general waste bins, minimising the additional space required for glass recycling.
  • The collection of glass is perceived as an additional cost, rather than a cost saving. Furthermore, 9% of LREs reported a lack of awareness of any glass recycling services in their area.


Executive Summary >>
Introduction >>
Methodology >>
Phase 1 Commercial Glass Collections & Arisings >>
Phase 2 - Economic Models >>
Phase 3 – Stakeholder Workshop and Dissemination >>
Conclusions >>
Recommendations >>

Pubs, clubs and licensed premises - study of waste arising and potential for recycling

Renew report on the waste arisings and potential for recycling from pubs, clubs and licensed premises in the North East of England.

Key conclusions/recommendations:

  • Schemes Should Follow High Route Density Areas in the Short Term
  • Introduce a Charge for Collection at the Onset
  • Enhance the Economic Impact of Schemes by Looking at the Supply Chain
  • Change Behaviours and Understanding Regarding Recycling in Licensed premises            
  • Consider Other Recyclables After Market and Attitudes for Glass have Developed


Introduction >>
Project Objectives >>
Executive Summary >>
Methodology >>
Findings >>

Conclusions >>
Recommendations >>
Acknowledgements >>

An analysis of the viability of reverse haul within the UK hospitality sector

A study that considers the viability of ‘Reverse Haul’ as a means to increase glass recycling from licensed premises. Reverse haul in this context relates to glass being collected and returned to depots on the same drays (lorries) that deliver beer and other drinks to the outlets.

Key conclusions/recommendations:

  • This study calculates the amount of the waste glass produced by the hospitality sector in England and Wales to be around 500,000 tonnes, which is higher than other informed estimates.
  • Existing glass collection schemes are predominantly localised, depend on route density, and especially favour LREs producing large volumes of glass waste.
  • Although only 15,000 establishments (11%) are regarded as high volume generators of waste glass they account for 225,000 tonnes (45%) of the glass generated within the hospitality sector.
  • It is estimated that this mixed glass system could capture a 40% share of this market which equates to 6,000 establishments or 90,000 tonnes of glass.


Introduction >>


Waste packaging in the hospitality sector >>
Environmental analysis >>
Glass collection systems >>
Section A Conclusion >>


The system requirements >>
System development >>
Development of solutions >>
Section B Conclusion >>

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