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Glass Bottles and Jars (non-refundable)

Glass jars full of condiments and sauces line our fridge doors and keep our spices fresh in our cupboards. This inert and fully recyclable material should be kept out of the landfill, where one bottle can take one million years to biodegrade.
**NEW - Protect your recyclables and separate your glass at the curb.  To comply with Multi Material BC (MMBC) recycling processing requirements glass is now required to be separated from your other container recyclables. Place your clean glass bottles and jars in a second blue box or a container similar in size and configuration.

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How do I go green?


Only buy what you need; make sauces from scratch instead of relying on the prepared packaged varieties; use condiments sparingly.


Glass jars are ideal for storing and organizing – throw in some dried herbs from the garden, cotton pads in the bathroom, or remove the lid and use it for a drinking glass. Wrap some wire around the lid threading and make a handle, add a tea light and you have a lovely patio lantern.


Curbside preparation: Clean glass jars and bottles, with lids removed and labels intact, are fully accepted in a separate CRD blue box or similar sized container. Please place the lids in the blue box that contains the non-glass containers.

Broken glass is not accepted in the curbside recycling program.  You may wrap broken glass in newspaper or something similar, so that no one gets cut handling it, and place it inside your garbage bag, inside your garbage can.  Alternately you may take broken glass to a recycling facility that takes pane glass.  Go to Glass (pane) for more details.

NOTE: Keep sheet, pane, and household glassware out of your blue box, as this contaminates and can ruin an entire load.

Glass can also be recycled at your local depot. We encourage you to return your refundable bottles to a bottle depot near you for a return of your deposit.

Please see our list of facilities below, be aware that some may charge a fee. You can also visit MMBC Depots for a list of facilities that will take glass bottles and jars for free. 



  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue

  • Bottle Depot - Quadra

    3961 Quadra

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue

  • Cascades Recovery Inc.(Formerly Metro, Commercial Only)

    2800 Bridge Street

  • CCR Capital City Recycling Ltd.

    (pick up service only)

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street

  • Emterra Environmental / International Paper Industries (Commercial Only)

    302-304 John Street

  • Galiano Recycling Depot

    220 Sturdies Bay Road
    Galiano Island

  • Gulf Island Recycling Service

    (pick up service only)
    Salt Spring Island

  • Hartland Recycling Facility

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Laurie's Recycling & Integrated Resource Mgmt. Inc / Laurie's Garbage & Recycling

    295 Park Drive
    Salt Spring Island

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island

  • Pacific Mobile Depots (PMD)

    6215 Marilyn Rd

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island

  • Port Renfrew Recycling Drop Box

    Parkinson Road
    Port Renfrew

  • reFUSE (Commercial and Residential)

    2111 Government St.

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    Navarez & Harris Road
    Saturna Island

  • The Environmental Story

    Glass is made from heated silica (sand), and other readily available non-toxic natural materials.  While it is heavier than other packaging products such as plasticstin and Tetra Paks, and therefore results in a higher greenhouse gas output through the transport of glass packaged products, the other green properties of this material keep it actively used.  For every six tons of container glass recycled, a ton of carbon dioxide is kept out of our atmosphere. Glass sent for recycling will be sorted by colour and then ground into cullet to use for new glass, paint for reflective signs, sand blasting or in construction materials such as fiberglass insulation or glassphalt.

    Did You Know?

    In communities where there is single stream recycling, meaning all of the glass, other containers, paper and cardboard go into one big bin, more of that recycling ends up in the garbage.  Have a look at this interesting article: To sort or not to sort? That Is the recycling question