How does the paper recycling process work?

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Our paper recycling process can be explained in 9 simple steps:

  • Step 1: We collects paper, newspaper, magazines and cardboard boxes from industry, schools, homes and offices across the country.
  • Step 2: The recovered paper is sent to our paper mills where it is slushed to pulp, cleaned and refined.
  • Step 3: The pulp is cleaned several times to remove staples, thread and grit which would spoil the new paper.
  • Step 4: A special machine removes ink from the slush process using soap and water.
  • Step 5: The pulp is then pumped into a moving wire screen where some of the water is drained away and recycled.
  • Step 6: The resulting paper sheet is pressed between large rollers to remove most of the remaining water and ensure smoothness and uniform thickness.
  • Step 7: The sheet is then run through heated dryer rollers to remove any remaining water.
  • Step 8: The sheet is then smoothed and coated depending on what the paper will be used for.
  • Step 9: The finished sheet is wound into large rolls, which are cut into smaller, more manageable rolls, ready to be made into corrugated boxes, cartons for packaging of goods, cores for materials handling, the boxes your pizza and cereals come in and even toothpaste boxes.

How is Mpact recycling reponding to COVID-19?

The national lockdown has been a challenging time for all South Africans, and Mpact fully supports our government’s decision to contain the spread of COVID-19. As an essential service provider, Mpact will remain open during the lockdown period, with the strictest safety measures possible in place.

Your health and safety, as well as that of our employees, contractors and their families remains our primary concern at all times. We can assure you that stringent hygiene protocols have been implemented at all Mpact workstations nationwide. Though all our branches are open, we will be monitoring developments in this unprecedented situation constantly and update accordingly.

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Where can I drop off my paper recycling?

Ronnie banks can be found at schools and community centres strategically situated around SA. Use the search function find one in your area, or contact us directly so we can put you in contact with your local dealer or buy-back centre.

How can my office get involved?

If your office has more than 30 employees, then you qualify for our office collection programme. We provide the Ronnie Boxes for the easy separation and storage of paper recycling. These boxes can be purchased and collected from Mpact Recycling or we can deliver:

  • Large Ronnie Boxes:

    Size: 385 x 650 @ R30-00

    Please specify the quantity that you require, so that the invoice and banking details can be emailed to you.

  • Payment

    In lieu of payment, all proceeds are donated to the SPCA and Hospice on an annual basis.

  • Collections

    Please note that collections are NOT done automatically; each office supplier is required to contact their Mpact Recycling branch to request collections.

    However, they are free of charge.

How can I start my own small recycling business?

  • Start small and build up your business. You can start with a small space and grow with your business
  • Consider collecting a variety of waste materials such as paper, plastics, cans, and glass to increase your business’ profitability
  • Advertise your business in the community by telling people about the benefits of recycling
  • Contact a Mpact representative in your area This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Does Mpact offer kerbside collection?

Mpact Recycling has unfortunately terminated its kerbside household collection programme with effect from 13th December 2019.

We encourage you to take advantage of our Ronnie Recycler schools & communities programme and to support the other collectors in your area. We will also continue to back the municipalities and the various separation at source programmes they are running.

The business has been deeply invested in the recycling industry for over 50 years and we will continue innovating and creating new mechanisms to enable people to participate in recycling and make a difference.

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