Home Recylcing

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 this waste could be recycled but ends up in rubbish dumps and landfills
  • 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 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.