Clean-up week and Recycling week 2016
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, 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 garbage, 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.
This month, from 12 to 18 September is National Clean-up and Recycling Week, with Friday 16 September focusing specifically on recycling, as National Recycling Day.
Explains Hunt: “It would be fair to say that pretty much everyone agrees that recycling is a good thing that should be supported. And in fact South Africa has an overall paper recycling rate of approximately 62%, which is quite high by global standards.
So how can you get involved?
- Mpact Recycling currently collects its famous Ronnie Bags from almost 200 000 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, click <HERE>
Mpact Recycling has a number of activations going on around the country that you can get involved with:
- Kerbside activation at Lakeside Mall with Ronnie Recycler, Benoni from Tuesday 13th – Sunday 18th September
- Bryanston East Community Association clean-up with the Mrs. SA finalists, opposite Riverside shopping Centre, Saturday 17th September
- Addington beach clean-up, Durban with the Mrs. SA finalists, Saturday 24th September
- SPCA/ Hospice handover, 12th September at Houghton Hospice
- Westlake Primary School clean-up, Cape Town with the Mrs. SA finalists, Monday 12th September
Do you know what can and can't be recycled?
Yes to recycling:
- ✓ Any form of paper
- ✓ Old memo/letters
- ✓ Cardboard boxes (flattened)
- ✓ Photocopying paper
- ✓ Newspapers
- ✓ Magazines
- ✓ Old telephone directories & books
- ✓ School books
- ✓ Junk mail
- ✓ Catalogues
- ✓ Envelopes
- ✓ Cartons (milk & juice)
Not for recycling
- ✗ 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
“Every home and office and other place of business can boost recycling. There are a handful of basic guidelines for separating out different kinds of paper, plastic and so on. Beyond that, it’s easy to make recycling a small part of your day at home and at work,” says Hunt.