Glass containers such as bottles and jars are separated into coloured and clear glass. In principle, container glass only consists of soda lime glass and this is the only glass that goes to recycling.

For the handling of laboratory glass, see the Laboratory glass section. For information about the handing of other glass, such as drinking glasses and window glass, see the Landfill waste section

Contaminated material (contaminated with, for example, chemicals, radioactive waste or infectious waste) is absolutely not included here and must be handled on the basis of the contamination, see “Part for laboratory activities”.


Glass containers are deposited at the nearest waste management centre. The waste management centre has a recycling container for coloured glass and one for clear glass. When the glass containers are deposited they must be completely empty and, if necessary, well-cleaned and evaporated.

Lids and bottle caps of other materials must be removed before the glass containers are placed in the recycling container.

Refundable glass containers are returned to a shop or point of purchase.


The collection point must be marked with a description text (Swedish and English) and/or a symbol.

Storage at waste management centres

Plastic banks 190 litres. Recycling containers for coloured and for clear glass.


Separated glass containers are collected by the waste contractor at the waste management centres and are taken down to the large recycling centre under Aula Magna for further transport.

Final disposal

All glass collected is driven to Svensk Glasåtervinning for processing into recycled glass. The glass collected is checked and sorted. Some of this process is done manually and some by machine so as to remove contaminants and other material. Then the glass containers are crushed or ground down.

Specific legislation

SFS 2014:1073    Ordinance on Producer Responsibility for Packaging