Why recycle glass bottles and jars?

For our glass that is used in the glass imploder: RecyColl are trying to reduce the amount of recyclates that have to be sent away and use these as much as possible on the island--thereby cutting the amount of financial and energy resources expended.

Follow this link to find out more about the machine we use

For our glass that goes to the mainland for processing: the amount of energy needed to melt recycled glass is considerably less than that needed to melt raw materials to make new bottles and jars.  Recycling one bottle can save enough energy to power a television for one and a half hours.  Source: www.berrymanglassrecycling.com

Glass can be recycled endlessly with no loss in quality or purity.  To find out more, follow these links:



What do we do on Coll?

We have a glass imploder housed in the shed by the Fire Station.  Glass aggregate is being produced to required quality standards.  It can be produced free of contaminates--such as the collar you see on the neck of wine bottles--and be safely used as part of a concrete mix.  It can also be used as backfill for pipes or as a heat sump in a green house

Glass cullet gets added to concrete mix

How can I get involved?

  • If you would like to help prep the glass ready for imploding, please let a member of RecyColl know.

  • If you would like to purchase cullet or get a sample, please speak to a member of RecyColl or pop into the O ld Hall to place an order.

  • 15kg bags are currently being sold for £2.50...a lot cheaper than buying a similar product and shipping it onto the island!

The glass imploder