Celebrations got under way this week, as the bottle bank commemorated its 30th birthday.
The first ever public bottle bank was opened in 1977 at Tescos car park,
The 30th anniversary of the bottle bank coincides with Recycle Now Week that finishes tomorrow.
Stanley Race was the president of Glass Manufacturing Federation when the first bottle bank was launched and the first person to drop an empty jar into it. He said: I am really proud to have been involved in getting glass recycling off the ground and to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the bottle bank.
It is so important because recycling helps the environment, reduces emissions and helps to conserve the landscape.
The amount of glass recycled over the past 30 years would reach to the moon and back six times but some critics say there is more to be done.
British Glass director general of trade federation David Workman said:
The quality and purity of new bottles and jars made with recycled glass is the same as those made only with raw materials and this process can be repeated endlessly delivering continued environmental benefits.
Recycling glass to make new containers has four main environmental benefits: energy saving, lower emissions, reduced landfill and a reduction in quarrying.