Recycling has been transformed from a worthy environmentally-focused activity into a fully-fledged business sector that provides jobs for thousands and generates billions for the economy every year.

Spring is a time when households tend to have a bit more recyclables in the form of paper, cardboard boxes, books, magazines, liquid packaging cartons and newspapers that may have accumulated over the winter months.

“Although it seems the easiest way to dispose of recyclable materials might be to throw them away with the rest of the refuse, Mpact Recycling makes it easy for communities to continue recycling throughout the year,” says John Hunt, MD of Mpact Recycling, part of the paper and plastics packaging group Mpact.

Listen: Donna-Marie Noble of MPact on Radio Today

This month, from 10 to 16 September is National Clean-up Week and National Recycling Day is Saturday 15 September focusing specifically on recycling.

Explains Hunt: “It would be fair to say that pretty much everyone agrees that recycling is a good thing that should be supported. And, according to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) South Africa has an overall paper recycling rate of approximately 70%, which is quite high by global standards.

So how can you get involved?

  • Mpact Recycling currently collects its famous Ronnie Bags from over 100, 000 homes in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. Collections are done every week from the kerbside and you can confirm your collection day <HERE>
  • The company also operates collection points at schools, churches and community organisations. These groups are paid by the tonne for the material they collect, thereby boosting their fund-raising efforts. To find your nearest school or community paper bank <HERE>

Mpact Recycling has a number of activations going on around the country that you can get involved with:

  • Kerbside Mall activation with Ronnie Recycler, from June – November 2018, click <HERE> for the updated mall schedule and for more information
  • Numerous school & community visits in partnership with the Mrs. SA finalists, until October 2018, click <HERE>

In partnership with Woolworths - Saturday 15th September clean-ups will take place in:

  • Durban
  • Western Cape
  • Port Elizabeth

A school recycling event will take place in Gauteng.

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Do you know what can and can't be recycled?


Recycling guide

Recyclable with Mpact

  • Any form of paper
  • Old memo/letters
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened) such as cereal boxes, egg cartons, vegetable boxes
  • Photocopying paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Old telephone directories & books
  • School books
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues
  • Envelopes
  • Cartons (milk & juice)

Not recyclable with Mpact

  • Polystyrene or paper cups & plates
  • Yoghurt cartons
  • Sweet / chip wrappers
  • Blueprint paper
  • Organic material (food and vegetables)
  • Cigarette ends
  • Carbon paper
  • Tissues & paper towels
  • Any bags with a foiled lining e.g. dog food bags
  • Post-it notes
  • Wax paper or waxed cartons


Who can I contact if I have a question about recycling in my area?

Who to call about paper recycling
National: 0800 022 112 Gauteng:
Website: Tulisa Park : 011 538 8600
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Midrand : 011 315 8450
  Pretoria West : 012 380 0920
Richards Bay: 035 751 1722 Springs : 011 360 4460
Durban: 031 274 6600  
Western Cape: 021 931 5106  

For details of these and other Mpact Recycling campaigns, click <HERE>