- Promote recycling in your household by posting pamphlets and reminders on your fridge
- Speak to your family about recycling and the difference they can make to our planet and our economy
- Host green dinner parties and street events
- Challenge your neighbours to better your family's efforts
Ease into recycling by setting up a simple system. This small start could take the form of keeping paper and paper products in your Ronnie Bags next to your dustbin or could take the form of an additional container, box or bin near your dustbin, which will make separation of recyclables effortless.
Even if you begin with just one material, like paper, and later add other recyclables like cans and plastic, you will make a difference to already overflowing landfills and help create jobs.
- Separate your paper waste from your other waste
- Keep your waste paper clean and dry
- Get to know what is recyclable and what is not
How you collect and store your recyclables will determine to a large extent your next steps.
If you have collected your paper and paper products in a Ronnie Bag — and you live in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane — simply place your bag on the pavement outside your house on collection days. Collections are done every week from the kerbside on scheduled Mpact paper pick-up days, which may vary from suburb to suburb. Please check out the Mpact Recycling kerbside collection calendar to confirm collection dates if we are in your area.
Please note that Mpact Recycling has replaced the highly recognisable orange Ronnie Bag with the new green Mpact Recycling bags. Mpact Recycling currently collects from almost 200,000 homes based in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. Mpact Recycling, formerly Mondi Recycling, has been offering householders this convenient and hassle-free collection service for over 20 years.
If you have stored your paper and paper products in larger containers or wheelie bins, you can take your recyclables to your closest paperbank, school or community centre, where you would be helping them raise funds. Alternatively you could take your recyclables to a drop-off or buy-back centre in your area.
Townhouse complexes can purchase wheelie bins for paper collection from their nearest Mpact regional office.
Support informal collectors
If you are not in an area where we run Ronnie Bag collection and cannot get to a drop-off or buy-back centre, separate your recyclables from general waste and leave them in a transparent bag next to your refuse bin on waste collection days. This helps many informal collectors who often have to wade through tonnes of trash every day. Informal collectors often earn a living off selling recyclable waste. You will be making a difference by creating a work opportunity for someone who prevents recyclable materials from ending up in landfills.
- reducing the amount of waste you create
- becoming a conscious consumer by buying only what you need
- buying products that can be reused and buying products with little or no packaging.
Currently, paper recycling rates in South Africa are low. Mpact Recycling continues to work diligently with various stakeholders including government, business and consumers to further improve recycling rates. Paper consumed in people's homes and offices represents the biggest opportunity to grow paper recycling in South Africa.