Recycling: Kerbside collection

2010-09-17 00:00

TODAY is National Recycling Day. To encourage South Africans to recycle at home, school and at work and buy products made with recycled material, the Plastics Federation of South Africa’s Enviromark, initiated an annual Recycling Day on September 17 which falls during Clean-up SA week.

Its aim is to increase awareness by educating the community about the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling.

Find out more about the Msunduzi Kerbside Programme or if you need more orange recycling bags, call Central Waste on 033 397 0758.

The programme, which involves putting recycleable waste into orange bags, is being extended so that it will be operating city wide by the end of the year and provides residents with a convenient and hassle-free recycling collection service at no additional cost. This involves the householder receiving a three-month supply of orange bags for the collection of paper, cardboard, plastic and cans directly from your verge.

The programme was launched in the Chase Valley area in February 2009 and expanded to Montrose, Prestbury and Athlone.

Clarendon, Wembley, Blackridge and Boughton have joined the programme, and the next three areas to be included are Scottsville, Pelham and Hayfields. The aim is to have the entire Msunduzi area covered by the end of 2010.



Separate your waste — keep wet (waste) and dry (recyclables) apart

Find out which recyclables are accepted for recycling in your community (a school, drop-off site, buy-back centre or curb-side) by the municipality.

Educate your household — post a list of the things that are recycled somewhere visible until you and your family get into the habit

Set up a holding area for your recyclables — it could be a box or clearly marked bins. Once you have collected enough recyclable materials, plan a trip to your nearest drop-off site (saves fuel!) or support your curbside collection (on rubbish day in Pietermaritzburg suburbs).

Special Notes:

Clean the recyclables of heavy soiling e.g. foodstuff

Flatten the bottles to reduce volume.

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