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Home Recycling

Home Recycling

The importance of recycling household products is something with which most people are familiar, but that not many practice. Sustainable stocks a range of composters, recycling bins and other products that make recycling at home that much simpler. If you have any questions regarding Home Recycling, please do not hesitate to Contact Us


Home recycling is inconvenient: the worn out excuse

But that doesn’t mean that home recycling in South Africa is a lost cause, all it means is that South Africans have to make more of an effort than the residents of other countries. To assist your recycling efforts, Sustainable.co.za stocks a range of recycling bins and containers, composters, can collectors and recycling units to make sorting recyclable materials straightforward and efficient.


Recycling facts:

  • South Africa produces roughly 540 million tonnes of waste per year, 95% of which recycled ends up in rubbish dumps and landfills instead of recycling centres
  • However, South African homes and industries recycle about 13% of all virgin plastic and 38% of paper and cardboard, but the recycling of beverage cans is most promising with 60% of all cans recycled
  • Importantly for South Africa, the paper recycling process creates 5 times more jobs than the making of virgin paper, not to mention a 74% reduction in air pollution and a 35% reduction in water pollution
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to keep a 100 watt light bulb burning for 4 hours
  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to operate your TV for 3 hours


Home recycling materials

Determining which household materials are eligible for recycling and how to prepare them for recycling is another commonly cited stumbling block in the path of recycling home waste.  Sustainable breaks it down for you:


Recycling paper:

  • Newspapers should be kept separate from magazines, glossy paper, paper packaging and envelops - which can all be stored in the same bin
  • It’s not necessary to remove stables from paper publications before recycling, but you should take remove all elastic bands and plastic wrapping
  • Corrugated cardboard is a valuable recycling material, but you need to keep it dry for maximum recycling value


Recycling plastic:

  • Most supermarkets have bins or containers where you can deposit plastic shopping bags for recycling
  • Only certain types of plastic can be recycled, plastic #5, which is used in packaging for margarine, yoghurt and vitamins and is also used in bottle tops, is very difficult to recycle, so it is better to keep them for reuse. 
  • #1 PET plastic, which is used in most plastic bottles, is easily recyclable, it is most often used to make fleece fabric for snug, warm winter tops and robes
  • #7 plastic is not recyclable, while polystyrene (#6 plastic) is not biodegradable and is only accepted at certain recycling points


Recycling glass:

  • Before you recycle glass, it’s important that you separate it according to colour: green, brown and clear
  • There is no need to remove the paper labels
  • Light bulbs, sheet glass and mirrors should be kept in a different recycling bin to other glass products, such as jars and bottles


Recycling metal:

  • Food cans can be recycled, but recycling centres prefer that you remove the labels and flatten them as much as possible
  • Aluminum cans (cold drink and beer cans) are favoured recycling materials, and unlike food cans should be left as intact as possible – no unnecessary flattening
  • Tin foil can be recycled to make engine parts
  • Copper is entirely recyclable
  • Aerosol cans, can also be recycled, but it’s necessary to keep the separate from other recycling materials and to leave the labels on so that the contents are easily discernable. Lids should also be left in place.


Once you put your mind to it, and decide to live life as environmentally aware as possible, recycling becomes  easier. And with home recycling bins and containers from Sustainable.co.za, correctly separating your recyclable materials is a cinch. Place your order now and start recycling up to 70% of your household waste.


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  • Earth Probiotic 700g Bokashi with 2.5L Container

    Earth Bokashi’s earth friendly formula includes the use of indigenous South African microbes and quality waste ingredients including sawdust, which would otherwise be disposed of into landfill. Whilst looking different, Earth Bokashi neutralisers fermentation odours while delivering the ideal balance between carbon and nitrogen to assist with effective post fermentation treatments. Earth Bokashi’s is made with indigenous South African micro-organisms. Earth Bokashi contains a balanced mix of nitrogen and carbon rich material to assist in the final composting of your food waste.

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    Excl. Tax: R 80.00 Incl. Tax: R 92.00

  • Earth Probiotic 2kg Bokashi Refill

    Earth Bokashi’s earth friendly formula includes the use of indigenous South African microbes and quality waste ingredients including sawdust, which would otherwise be disposed of into landfill. Whilst looking different, Earth Bokashi neutralisers fermentation odours while delivering the ideal balance between carbon and nitrogen to assist with effective post fermentation treatments. Earth Bokashi’s is made with indigenous South African micro-organisms. Earth Bokashi contains a balanced mix of nitrogen and carbon rich material to assist in the final composting of your food waste.

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    Excl. Tax: R 150.43 Incl. Tax: R 172.99

  • Earth Probiotic 25L Bokashi Food Waste Digester

    All Earth Probiotic products are officially Proudly South African. We believe that we are all responsible in growing employment, transferring skills and, as is our nature, innovating to make a difference to our country. Ideal for households or B&B operators. The strainer is made from 100% recycled polypropylene. Single bucket system. Digester Bin is made from 65% recycled material. Use Earth Probiotic’s Bokashi system to easily and quickly recycle your food waste into soil food. No More Smelly Bins! No More Flies! Recycle ALL your food waste including cooked and uncooked meat, seafood, bones, dairy, citrus and egg shells.

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    Excl. Tax: R 151.30 Incl. Tax: R 174.00

  • The Worm Oasis 3Kg Bucket of Worms

    Households and businesses that want to recycle their organic waste materials vary in size and produce different amounts of waste. Global Worming produce locally made domestic and industrial sized worm farms in South Africa. All products can be adapted to suit your personal needs.
    A worm farm is a community of worms that are housed together in 3 bin systems and used in a method of recycling food and organic wastes that converts the waste into natural organic fertiliser. The worm farms are very easy to set up and maintain and can convert organic waste into nutrient rich natural plant food.

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    Excl. Tax: R 202.63 Incl. Tax: R 233.02

  • Earth Probiotic 4kg Bokashi Refill

    Earth Bokashi’s earth friendly formula includes the use of indigenous South African microbes and quality waste ingredients including sawdust, which would otherwise be disposed of into landfill. Whilst looking different, Earth Bokashi neutralisers fermentation odours while delivering the ideal balance between carbon and nitrogen to assist with effective post fermentation treatments. Earth Bokashi’s is made with indigenous South African micro-organisms. Earth Bokashi contains a balanced mix of nitrogen and carbon rich material to assist in the final composting of your food waste.

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    Excl. Tax: R 272.17 Incl. Tax: R 313.00

  • Earth Probiotic Composter Kit

    Earth Probiotic 100% South African produced bokashi food waste recycling digesters are made from recycled plastic. They include an internal strainer (to separate the leachate from the food waste) and a tap to enable the tapping from the beneficial fermented bokashi juice. This liquid can be used as a powerful liquid fertiliser for plants (dilute 1:300).

    This Kit includes

    • 2 x Bokashi digester 25L Bins.
    • 1 x 700g Bokashi with 2.5L Container (Choose refill below before adding to cart, if required).
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    Excl. Tax: R 382.61 Incl. Tax: R 440.00

  • Earth Probiotic Composter Bag

    Earth Bokashi’s earth friendly formula includes the use of indigenous South African microbes and quality waste ingredients including sawdust, which would otherwise be disposed of into landfill. Many people told us that they didn’t have the space to compost. So we made a bag! The Earth Bag is made from recycled billboard vinyls and, like the Earth Garden, is a waste reduction and employment creation initiative.

    Download instructions on how to use the Earth Bag.

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    Excl. Tax: R 535.65 Incl. Tax: R 616.00

  • Postwink Recycling Products 100L Cylinder Shape Plastic Bin

    Our 100 litre indoor rotomoulded bins are made of recyclable polyethylene, are very robust and are manufactured locally. These have a removable lid with a round throw-in hole.

    * Please note that this product has a 3 week lead time.

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    Regular Price: R 1,335.00

    Special Price Excl. Tax: R 1,102.83 Incl. Tax: R 1,268.25

  • The Worm Oasis Worm Farm

    Households and businesses that want to recycle their organic waste materials vary in size and produce different amounts of waste. Global Worming produce locally made domestic and industrial sized worm farms in South Africa. All products can be adapted to suit your personal needs.
    A worm farm is a community of worms that are housed together in 3 bin systems and used in a method of recycling food and organic wastes that converts the waste into natural organic fertiliser. The worm farms are very easy to set up and maintain and can convert organic waste into nutrient rich natural plant food.

    Download specifications sheet here.

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    Regular Price: R 1,956.01

    Special Price Excl. Tax: R 1,615.84 Incl. Tax: R 1,858.22

  • Postwink Recycling 3-Way Coffee Ecocylinder ™

    In many offices, coffee cups are either reducing recycling bins’ capacity or are contaminating the rest of the recyclables with their left-over liquids. In order to improve your recycling rates, use a Coffee recycle bin to separate cups, stirrers or lids and left-over liquids.

    3 separate holes and inners:

    • 1 x half-inner for Cups
    • 1 x Quarter inner for stirrers or lids
    • 1x Special Quarter inner for left-over liquids
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    Regular Price: R 2,096.00

    Special Price Excl. Tax: R 1,731.48 Incl. Tax: R 1,991.20

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