Separating waste: Glass

Glass belongs in the glass container. Well separated glass can be recycled into bottles, jars and other glass packaging materials.

Recycling glass cuts down on rubbish, reduces the use of raw materials and saves energy.

Glass containers in The Hague

You can find an overview of the glass containers in The Hague on the map.

Glass can be deposited in the glass container/bottle-bank. No other rubbish is allowed in the glass container.

Please note: Please do not throw any glass in the glass containers between 20.00 and 7.00 hrs. This way you will not disturb the neighbours with the noise of breaking glass.

With residue, with lid

Glass may be deposited in the glass container with food/drink residue and with the lid or cap still on. In other words, empty is clean enough. This makes separating glass even easier.

Glass: overview of what's allowed in the container
Allowed Not allowed
Kitchen glass, for example jars and bottles for spaghetti sauce, applesauce, olive oil, sambal, spice shakers, baby food (Broken) sheet glass/windowpanes, crystal glass, mirrors, heat-resistant glass like baking dishes and glass tea cups
Drink glass such as bottles for wine, mixed drinks, beer (non-deposit bottles), fruit juice Products made from stone, porcelain and ceramic like tea cups and other crockery, vases and earthenware
Bathroom glass like lotion jars, roll-on deodorant bottles, perfume bottles and samples, medicine bottles Other: broken light bulbs, fluorescent lamps, low-energy light bulbs. This is domestic chemical waste.

Clear glass and coloured glass

The Hague has separate glass containers for clear (wit glas) and coloured glass (gekleurd glas). All colours (including clear glass) may be deposited into the glass container for coloured glass. Only clear glass may be deposited in the glass container for clear glass, because clear glass cannot be made from coloured glass. Some locations in the city have glass containers only for coloured glass because these containers are used more often.

Container is full

It is possible that a recycling bin is full. Pay attention to the following:

  • Check first whether the container is really full. Otherwise you can make use of another glass container in the area
  • Never place glass or other household rubbish next to or around the recycling bins. You could get a fine for this. Use a different container or take your rubbish back home with you.

If the paper container is really full, report it to the municipality.

Also see Waste and recycling.

Published: 24 January 2017Modified: 14 August 2017