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Separating your waste during a pandemic

COVID 19 has made us all very aware of how important hygiene is. Wash your hands seems to be the trending hashtag (#) and the only outing for most of us experiencing lockdown is taking out our Wheelie Bin on waste collection day.

With fewer waste-pickers around and only essential services operating, shouldn’t this be the perfect time for us to start separating our waste at home?

According to Stats SA, only 10% of South African Waste is being recycled.
Here are 3 simple steps to assist you in separating your waste at home:

Step 1
Understanding what materials can be recycled:
Paper: Flattened and folded cardboard, paper, magazines and newspaper
Plastic: containers, bottles and bags
Glass: jars and bottles
Tetra Pak: milk containers and juice boxes
Metal: tins and cans
Polystyrene: punnets and protective packaging

Step 2
Containerize it:
Find suitable containers to separate your waste and ensure that your organic waste is removed from the waste stream.

Step 3
Find avenues for your recyclables:
The larger cities in South Africa offer curbside collection for recyclables, alternatively, there are other public/ private initiatives such as drop off facilities by the Glass Recycling Company, etc.

Congratulations! You’ve managed to successfully start recycling!


Credit: Janine Charters