Recycling is easy and can make a difference, we can all do it. People need to understand the importance of recycling and it’s benefits:
1) Recycling conserves resources.
When we recycle, materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources which will help to protect natural habitats for the future. We have a responsibility to our children and their children etc.
2) Recycling saves energy.
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerable less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials.
3) Recycling helps protect the environment.
Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials all of which create air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
4) Recycling reduces landfill.
Landfill sites are a problem as no one wants them on their doorstep. They take up valuable space and releaseharmful gases into the air. When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites decreases which reduces emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
How to recycle
The first step is to separate recyclable materials from waste and store it separately. A lot of material that we dispose of is recyclable but we don’t necessarily have the means in South Africa to recycle everything, polystyrene being an example. Most recyclable materials fall into the following categories: plastic, paper and cardboard, cans and glass. The ideal is to separate the recyclable materials because that at the end is what needs to happen, but as we all now that is not something that everyone is prepared to do. What invariably happens is that our recyclable material ends up in one bag(s) and it is important to know what cannot be put in our bag(s) of recyclable material. Here is a list(courtesy of Open Sky). Please note the list is not conclusive but gives a good indication. The list can be different for each recycling company:
• Paint cans
• Cans containing hazardous materials
• Window glass
• Shatterproof glass
• Products smaller than the size of your palm (difficult to handle)
• Tissue paper
• Toys (may contain metal pins which are very difficult to remove. Rather bag these separately; we donate toys and games to our local creche)
• Any soiled or excessively dirty items. All containers should be rinsed out.
• Items containing glue or excessive paint
• Polystyrene food/meat trays
• Takeaway containers
• Disposable cutlery
• Any plastic film with a foil base (sweets, chips, chocolate wrapper)
• Laminated glass panels
Note: Some recycling companies, Open Sky for example will take electronic equipment.
What to do with your recyclable material
If you are into sorting your recyclable material then you can take your material to a recycling point. Monument Park Shopping Centre has a recycling point with designated bins and is convenient for residents of Waterkloof. Otherwise you can put all your recyclable material in a bag(s) and arrange with a recycling company to collect. Below is a list of recycling companies that collect in Waterkloof:
1) Open Sky Recycling
They supply you with a blue bin and collect twice a month. You pay a R250 once off registration fee per bin with 60 bags included. Monthly fee is R135 per month. They currently collect in Waterkloof on every second Tuesday.
Their details are:
Contact: Anneli Kriek
Tel: 060 569 1707
2) JAC Recycling Services
They currently collect once a week in Waterkloof for a fee of R297 per year.
Their details are:
Contact: Richard on 082 545 2166 or Claude on 079 382 7203
Oscar works for a recycling company and works freelance. He collects recycling material from our area every second Saturday. He sorts himself and sells thesorted material to his place of work. He can be contacted on 072 967 5346
If you wish to make use of the services of any of the recyclers listed above please contact them directly, they will give you their own list of what they do or do not accept. This article has been written as a service to the residents of Waterkloof and we take no responsibility for any errors. Facts were thought to be correct at the time of writing.
Happy recycling, let’s do it!
Waterkloof Homeowners Association
March 10, 2020