Kerbside Collection

Termination of household collection programme

Mpact Recycling is terminating its kerbside household collection programme with effect from 13th December 2019.

“The kerbside programme was initially established to collect magazines and newspapers from households and the famous green ‘Ronnie bag’ has made a positive impact on the environment; as well as created a culture of recycling for residents since the programme began almost 30 years ago. However, as the recycling industry has evolved over time it has become necessary for Mpact to make changes to its collection processes,” says John Hunt, MD, Mpact Recycling.

Mpact Recycling is committed to creating opportunities for recycling. 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. We will continue innovating and creating new mechanisms to enable people to participate in recycling to make a difference.

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FAQ

Why has Mpact ceased collections in my area?

Mpact Recycling is terminating its kerbside household collection programme with effect from 13th December 2019.

The kerbside programme was initially established to collect magazines and newspapers from households and the famous green ‘Ronnie bag’ has made a positive impact on the environment; as well as created a culture of recycling for residents since the programme began almost 30 years ago. However, as the recycling industry has evolved over time it has become necessary for Mpact to make changes to its collection processes. 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.

When is the last official day for collections?
Kerbside collections will finish up on Friday 13th December 2019 and they will not resume in 2020.
Which areas will be affected?
All the areas on the kerbside programme. These are within the City of Johannesburg, City of Ekurhuleni and the City of Tshwane. A full list of suburbs can be located HERE.
Have you engaged with the various municipalities and what has been their response?

Mpact Recycling for years has worked hand-in-hand with the various municipalities. Although they are sad to see the programme ending, they are understanding of the changes and the other programmes that are growing. Ultimately, they are also aware that these types of programmes need to be run by the municipalities themselves.

What will happen to the drivers of the trucks?

We have been engaging with the kerbside drivers for some time now, and they are fully aware of what is going on. We have reached an agreement on their contracts (many of whom where finishing up this year anyway). We have also indicated to the municipalities that they are available and know the areas from a kerbside collection perspective.

You haven’t collected from me in a few weeks, and I’ve played my part, what must I do now?

We apologise for the inconvenience caused, the trucks have been planned to finish up their areas by the 13th December 2019. Please supply me with your physical address so that I can confirm your last collection day?

Can I still get Ronnie bags to support the collectors?

Unfortunately with the kerbside programme closing, so too will the supply of Ronnie Recycler bags. Nothing is stopping you from purchasing your own clear bags and leaving them out for the collectors.

What is the alternative for residents wishing to continue household recycling?

Residents who remain committed to recycling can still drop their paper for recycling at any of the over 2,000 paper banks located nationally at schools or communities; support the collectors with the incredibly valuable work they do in your areas; or take your recyclables to your nearest buy-back centre. Residents can:

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to locate their nearest drop off site or paperbank
  • Visit www.mpactrecycling.co.za to locate their nearest paperbank
  • Call 0800 022 112 to locate their nearest drop off site or paperbank
I know of the situation overseas with China closing its borders to imports of recycled materials. Has this had anything to do with the closing of the kerbside programme?

As indicated already, the kerbside programme was initially established to collect magazines and newspapers from households and the famous green ‘Ronnie bag’ has made a positive impact on the environment; as well as created a culture of recycling for residents since the programme began almost 30 years ago. However, as the recycling industry has evolved over time it has become necessary for Mpact to make changes to its collection processes.

The situation with China closing its borders didn’t help, however, our other programmes have grown including that of the buy-back centres, collectors and small business. To this end we will keep supporting recycling, as we have invested over the last 50 years.