Home is where you can make the biggest difference to the amount of waste that you recycle. “South Africans are now able to recycle milk and juice cartons, making a sizeable difference to the quantity of material that can be removed from the household rubbish bin for recycling. This means that today a large variety of paper-based packaging materials are recyclable, simplifying things even further for the consumer,” says Donna-Mari Noble, Communications Manager of Mpact Recycling.
Recycling is an essential factor in conserving natural resources and contributes towards improving the environment, your home and neighbourhood. Home recycling requires a minimum amount of organising. A system starts with having a place to store recyclables inside your home, and to separate out the paper including cartons, plastic beverage bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles, and whether these go into bags, boxes or bins. Ideally, keep these containers next to your rubbish bins. “This will act as a reminder to everyone in your house to recycle and makes it as easy to recycle as it is to throw away,” says Noble.
In certain areas, Mpact even collects your recycling for you. “Kerbside collection of Mpact Recycling’s green Ronnie bags currently takes place in designated areas within Ekurhuleni, City of Tshwane and City of Johannesburg. In Durban Mpact operates in partnership with the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which uses orange bags supplied by Durban Solid Waste (DSW),” says Noble.
Ronnie bags can take the following: liquid packaging cartons (milk and juice); newspapers; magazines; junk mail; office and photocopy paper; school books; telephone directories; cereal and toothpaste boxes; cardboard boxes; printed paper; envelopes; gift-wrapping paper; cores from toilet paper and paper towels; moving and storage boxes; and paper bags.
However, certain items such as food or cement packets; any paper that is wax coated such as frozen fish cartons; carbon paper; sweet/chip wrappers; polystyrene or paper cups and plates; tissues and paper towels; Post-it stickers; blueprint paper; and cigarette ends should not be placed in your green Ronnie bags.
“To further simplify your recycling efforts, decide who in your household is going to be responsible for this, and make sure that this person empties the containers regularly to avoid it overflowing. Alternatively, offering an extra incentive such as a raise in pocket money will empower your children to take charge of sorting the recycling bins, which will also teach them environmental responsibility and eco-awareness,” concludes Noble.
If your home is located in an area where Mpact Recycling does not collect, call the toll-free number on 0800 022 112 to locate your nearest buy-back centre or dealer, where you can drop off your recyclables. Alternatively, see if your local school or community has a Ronnie bank, as they make use of recycling as a fund raising mechanism and are paid for the tonnage they collect. For more information, visit(www.mpactrecycling.co.za).