Today is the day to start recycling!

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Recycling, the last and probably most well-known step of the 3 R’s process of waste minimisation, takes centre stage today, Recycling Day SA.

The day is intended to increase awareness by educating the community about the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to encourage all to recycle and to buy products made with recycled material.

Joburg has only 4 landfill sites and we can’t just keep sending all our waste there indefinitely, particularly when some of that waste has further value and use. The recycling business is a growing one, providing many jobs – from those waste-pickers you see on your streets right through to the producers that make new products out of recycled material. By being responsible and keeping your valuable waste out of the landfills, you are helping grow this industry while also contributing to reducing the need for companies to have to use expensive virgin material for everything they make.

Get started now

So if you aren’t already recycling, we urge you to start today! Our best advice is to start small – pick just one product to commit to recycling – paper is usually the easiest – and once you’re used to the process, then upscale to include additional items like glass, plastic and tins. That way you won’t feel overwhelmed by having to do too much at once, and you’re more likely to stick to the process.

Many schools, churches and shopping centres offer paper recycling collection bins making it really easy to drop off when you’re out and about. You can also check if Mondi does paper pickups in your area which is even easier – you just have to remember to put your paper outside for collection on specific day each week.

Where/how?

For those who want to recycle all that they can, there are two primary options: either find your nearest recycling drop-off centre, or employ the services of a company who will collect your separated waste for recycling from your house. Some areas of Joburg are luckily serviced by Pikitup, but for those of us outside these areas, you can make use of the many recycling companies around.

Most Pikitup garden centres as well as some of the Total and Engen garages offer recycling bins where you can drop off your recycling – check out our map to see where the nearest one is to you.

Recycling ‘non-standard’ stuff

Don’t forget about the smaller goods too – like batteries, CFL lightbulbs and electronic waste. All these must be recycled so that any toxic substances in them don’t contaminate our landfills. Woolworths and Pick n Pay stores offer bins for batteries and CFL lightbulbs and Makro stores offer containers to collect your electronic waste (ewaste). You can also return old computer equipment to Incredible Connection stores for safe disposal.

Useful links

If you are interested to find out more about recycling in SA, please check out the following websites.

A final note: please let us know if your local recycling drop-off spot isn’t listed on our map yet and/or send us the details about the recycling company you use – we’re working hard to build up the sites on our map, and we need you to help us make it as complete and up-to-date as possible!

 

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