Recycling made easy


Getting started:

“Many people say that they don’t even know where to start recycling from home,” says John Hunt, managing director of Mpact recycling.

Do's and Don'ts when separating recycling products:

  • Old memos / letters 
  • Computer paper
  • Used photocopy paper
  •  Windowless enevlopes
  •  Old books
  •  Pale coloured paper (invoices, etc.)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Old telephone books and Yellow Pages directories
  • Polystyrene or paper cups and plates
  • Youghurt cartons
  • Sweet/chip wrappers
  • Blueprint paper
  • Oraginc material (such as old food and vegetables)
  • Cigarette ends
  • Tissues and paper towel
  • Carbon paper
  • Any bags which include a foiled lining on the inside, e.g. dog food bags
  • Post-it notes (these are not recyclable because of the glues used to make them)
  • Wax paper or waxed cartons (such as frozen fish boxes)

Where do I go?

There are Mpact paper recycling bins in place at many retailers, local churches, schools, old age homes, community centres and dump sites. Just look out for them – most of our bins are now bright green and say “Mpact Recycling” on them; some may still be orange and have the Mondi logos on them, but are still in use.
Kerbside neighbourhood collections:
“There are also home collection programmes in many neighbourhoods using specific orange bags for collecting your paper for recycling,” Hunt adds.  “This is the easiest, most efficient way to recycling your paper.”
If you can’t find any recycling depots in your community, and your neighbourhood doesn’t have a kerbside collection initiative, please contact Mpact Recycling at or call 0800 022 112 for more info. 

Interesting facts about paper recycling:

  • Paper can be recycled up to seven times.
  • The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest employers in South Africa, contributing some R35.26 billion to the local economy (Source: PRASA – Paper Recycling Association of South Africa). Jobs are created through establishing buy-back centres, where traders deliver waste for payment. Local entrepreneurs also help collect recycled paper for Mpact Recycling.

Need more info?

  • To find out about collection initiatives in your neighbourhood, from home or at community depots, please call 0800 022 112 or email
  • For more information on Mpact Recycling please visit:

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