As a general rule, clean ALL containers – whatever they are made from – of food or liquids before recycling. Remove staples or any other non-paper materials such as plastic binders when recycling paper.
For more information regarding recycling, this link is very useful!
The CCA are looking to start a recycling initiative in Clarendon, so watch this space!
What about the less common items?
Clothing & Fabrics Recycling
We’re often quick to dispose of old or out-grown clothes long before they’ve reached the end of their usable lifespan.
DO donate old clothes
DON’T donate clothes that are dirty, damaged and unwearable.
Turn old torn clothing into cleaning cloths for your home instead!
Electrical equipment like mobile phones, household appliances and computer equipment can be broken up into smaller parts; these parts contain material that is potentially valuable but also potentially hazardous.
The Wildlands Conservation Trust Recycling Depot in Hilton can take your e-waste (see more information about them using this link).
Alternatively, there are some contact details on the "Can anyone recommend" page under "Recycling and collection of of old appliances (fridges etc) and furniture".
DON’T simply throw old electronic equipment away. E-waste is one of the fastest-growing types of waste in South Africa.
DO choose a manufacturer or retailer that takes back old mobile phones or electronics for recycling (eg Nokia Care Centres, Hi-Fi Corp stores).
DO sell or donate your old electronics to those who can make use of them.
DO contact the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) to collect and dispose of your e-waste for you!
Recycling Paints & Oils
Paint, old paintbrushes and motor oil must all be disposed of carefully as they are full of chemicals and can wreak havoc on the environment.
DON’T pour paint or oil down the drain.
DO look for disposal and recycling instructions on the packaging of all products.
DO donate old or unused paint, varnish, brushes etc. to those who can reuse them.
DO choose to use eco-friendly paints wherever possible.
DON’T ever pour motor oil on the ground, as it is a major toxic pollutant.
DO store used oil safely by funneling it into a tightly sealed container.
These little powerhouses are part of daily life as they keep our favourite gadgets running – but what happens when your batteries run out of juice?
Don't use ordinary disposable batteries; they cannot be recycled as the material recovery rate is too small, and can also not be disposed of in ordinary household waste as they contain hazardous chemicals.
DO educate yourself about safe battery disposal.
DO use rechargeable and eco-friendly batteries wherever possible.
DO read up on Greenergy batteries and what makes them superior to ordinary batteries.
Medical / Clinical Waste
Nappies, sanitary ware, medication and medical supplies (syringes etc). These items all have the potential to pose a health risk and spread infection, and must be disposed of carefully.
DO look for doctor’s or manufacturer’s instructions on how to dispose of medical supplies.
DO recycle glass and plastic medicine bottles or tubs accordingly, once they are empty and have been properly washed.
DO choose reusable (cloth) diapers whenever possible.
If you use disposable nappies, DO choose biodegradable or compostable brands.
When composting diapers, DO dispose of as much solid waste as possible into the toilet beforehand, and DON’T use the compost on plants you are planning to eat. (Many people also prefer to only compost wet nappies, not soiled ones.)
DO wear gloves and be extra-careful when disposing of needles or syringes; and DO use a needle clipper to safely snip off the ends of the needles before disposal.
The average woman uses up to 14 000 sanitary pads or tampons in her lifetime; to drastically decrease the impact of this on the environment, choose organic, biodegradable sanitary products, or consider a reusable menstrual cup.
EcoBricks - what are they and how to make them?
An EcoBrick is a 2L plastic bottle packed with plastic to a set density to create a reusable building block.
The plastics (that might otherwise be discarded) include items such as cellophane; chip packets; sweet wrappers and everything that can’t easily be recycled. EcoBricks can be used to produce modular items, including furniture; garden walls and other structures. They are a sustainable way to reuse non-biodegradable plastic waste as the plastic waste are regarded as a long-lasting and durable material. Hence, keeping plastic out of the ecosystem and prevents the contamination of the environment.
A few EcoBrick design examples
Every effort helps to reduce the pollution of our precious planet. Keep plastics out of our oceans!!
Did you know .....?
One recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.
One recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish!